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

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a government funded qualification aimed at people over the age of 16, which is delivered whilst working. Apprenticeships allow juniors to train on the job, learning a new skill and earn a wage.

An apprentice must be employed for at least 30 hours with 20% of this time dedicated to off the job training.


Employers are committed to paying the apprentice £4.30 per hour (rising to £4.81 in April 2022). If the apprentice is 19+ then after 1 year on the apprenticeship this goes up to national minimum wage.


Please note:

An apprentice under the age of 18 is not allowed to work more than 40 hours per week.

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How can I support as a parent?

Starting in a workplace is a whole new experience. They will be expected to use their initiative and behave in a mature fashion.

There will be times when this can be overwhelming compared to the school environment.

They will be learning constantly but it may be some time before they are actually running a column of their own clients. The training progress is steady and at the start they will be mostly assisting the stylists.

You can support them and advise them that this is all part of building foundation skills that will be enhanced as the training develops.

How is an apprenticeship different to 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.

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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

  • Private Courses Available

For more information on our courses visit our courses page

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  • Will I be paid?
    You will earn £4.30 per hour (rising to £4.81 in April 2022) and must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week. If you are 19+ you will earn £4.30 (rising to £4.81 in April 2022) for the first year then then you will receive the national minimum wage.
  • How many hours will I work?
    You are required to work full time, which would be a minimum of 30 hours per week. If you are aged 18 or under, you will not be allowed to work more than 40 hours per week, or more than 8 hours per day.
  • Will I attend college?
    We provide personalised training to all our students, you will attend James Core for 6 hours a week for this.
  • 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. A James CoreEducator will visit the salon on a regular basis to deliver training, monitor your progression and help you to achieve. To achieve the apprenticeship there are different components such as practical assessments, written tests, oral questioning, portfolio building, and finally the end-point assessment.
  • Will I have a job at the end of my apprenticeship?
    Our apprentices have a 90% success rate, so there's a really good chance! The aim of our apprenticeships is for you to progress into a permanent position within the salon. In the event that there are no opportunities available once you have completed your apprenticeship, we will support you to find a position somewhere else!
  • What apprenticeships do James Core offer?
    We offer apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships in Hairdressing, Barbering 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.
  • I'm over 20 years old, can I do an apprenticeship?"
    Yes you can. Our apprenticeships are available to anyone from the age of 16. We don’t have an age limit on our apprenticeships!
  • Why is an apprenticeship more beneficial than just going college?
    College is usually only classroom based. However, our apprenticeships are work-based, meaning it is much more hands-on, and you get to experience working with real clients. Plus, you earn whilst you learn!
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