Start your career with James Core. We have apprenticeships available in hairdressing, beauty and barbering across Cumbria

What is an apprenticeship?

It's a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work. You're treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave. An apprenticeship involves structured training and hands on experience to attain a recognisable qualification. 

All apprenticeships make sure you're 'job ready' for the role you have trained for. Apprentices earn a salary right from day one of their employment and training.

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Current Vacancies

We work with some fantastic businesses in West Cumbria to ensure that you get the most out of your education. 

Take a look at our vacancies page for further information or submit an application form. 


We have apprenticeships in; 

  • Hairdressing

  • Barbering

  • Beauty

  • Nail Technology

  • Private Courses Available

For more information on our courses visit our courses page

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Frequently asked questions

Will I be paid?

You will earn £4.15 per hour and must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
If you are 19+ you will earn £4.15 for the first year then then you will receive the national
minimum wage.

How many hours will I work?

You will be required to work for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Out of these, 6 will take
place at James Core.

Will I attend college?

You will attend James Core training academy for 6 hours per week. You will record these 6
hours in your ‘Off the Job’

How long will I be an apprentice for?

This depends on you! The harder you work, the faster you can achieve your apprenticeship. As a guide, an apprenticeship will take a minimum of 15 months to complete. At the start of the apprenticeship we will work with you and your employer to agree a training plan and timescales for achievement.

What will I be doing as an apprentice?

You will be an important part of the team, helping out in many areas of your profession in the salon. Weekly training sessions will take place in the salon with a member of the salon team. You will visit our salon to be assessed 1 day per week. To achieve the apprenticeship there are different components such as practical assessments, written tests, oral questioning, portfolio building, and finally the end-point assessment.

What apprenticeships do James Core offer?

We offer apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships in Hairdressing, Barbering, Nail Technology and Beauty.

How do I apply or find out more information?

Send us your details using our enquiry form, visit our vacancies page or just send us your CV. Don’t be shy! Tell us about yourself and why you'd like to be considered. Once we receive your application, we’ll pass it onto the most suitable salons and they will be in touch if they think you’re right for the job. You can also find a salon to work in yourself! Look around your local area and pop a CV in to them! If you find a salon who'd like to take you on, contact us and we'll do the rest.

What is the difference between an apprenticeship and college?

An apprentice is an employed member of staff who is also on a training programme.
As an employee, apprentices are entitled to all the statutory conditions of any other

A college can be more classroom based with the learner still in full time education.
They are not paid as they are not employed.

What is an end point assessment?

An independent assessor will come to James Core once all of your Hairdressing units have
been passed.

They will observe you providing a range of services to your clients and give you your final

What is the duration of the apprenticeship?

Our apprenticeships typically run over 20 months however at the start of the course we will
liaise with your employer to develop an individual learning plan with timescales for

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