Beauty therapists: Level 3 Wellbeing and Holistic Therapist Apprenticeship ready for delivery

The Level 3 Wellbeing and Holistic Therapist Apprenticeship is open for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, with a maximum funding cap of £9,000.

Beauty therapists in England will learn how to support clients’ physical, emotional and mental wellbeing by providing wellness experiences and holistic treatments.

Employers in England can receive an incentive of £3,000 for any new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from April 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021.

You can read the standard and assessment plan for the Level 3 Wellbeing and Holistic Apprenticeship here.

Diane Hey, vice chair of the Beauty Professional Steering Group, commented: “Wellbeing has seen a sharp rise and rebirth in awareness and is finally being recognised with scientific evidence to support the positive impact of wellbeing experiences, holistic treatments, relaxation, touch therapies and how these can support everyone. 

“These therapists will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to provide a suite of wellbeing treatments and experiences for clients, workplaces and organisations, helping clients to achieve a greater sense of physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing. This is more important than ever as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic.”

Industry reactions:

Caroline Larissey, director of quality and standards at the National Hair & Beauty Federation, said: “The approval for delivery of the Wellbeing and Holistic Therapist Apprenticeship standard at Level 3 is very timely as it provides an additional pathway for beauty therapists, continues to raise the bar, and enables therapists to provide broader therapeutic services to support client mental and emotional wellness via a range of holistic and wellbeing therapies. 

“It’s more important now than ever in these challenging times that we have a range of Apprenticeship Standards, appropriate funding bands and incentives that support apprentices, and meet the needs of our sector. 

She added: “Mental health is the single largest cause of disability in the UK – the wider cost of mental illness in England have been estimated at £105.2 billion per year, which has increased due to the current situation.”

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