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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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Holding Hands
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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Applying Lipstick
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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