Q. Can you use male models for the Hair Professional Qualification?
A. No. The Hair Professional is women only. However, the Level 3 NVQ Hairdressing Qualification is unisex and you can use both men and women. We also offer Barbering Apprenticeships for learners working in Barber Shops/ Unisex Salons.
Q. Do I really need to do my Level 3?
A. This has certainly been a debate within the industry for many years. At JET we strongly encourage our learners to strive for Level 3, it is the commercially acceptable level of achievement. To explain further, Level 2 is a foundation level where you gain ‘competence’, Level 3 is an advanced level where you gain ‘expertise’. We don’t stop there either – as part of the fashion industry we understand trends are continually changing – there are always different things to learn and we offer a suite of short courses to ensure you keep up to date!
Q. My qualification doesn’t state I need to do a bob, but they are so fashionable, what can I do?
A. This is a good example of the previous answer – keeping up to date with trends. In your Hair Professional Qualificationyou will be cutting a variety of looks and combining your techniques. So although on your e-portfolio it doesn’t say “Bob”, it will fit into one or more of the range requirements.
Q. Can I use afro-Caribbean hair in my qualification as most of my friends and family need to be my models?
A. Yes of course you can, there is however a need to cover all the criteria stated in the unit eg working with straight hair. You can choose the units for afro-Carribbean hair among the optional units if that would be more suitable for you. At JET we work on an individual basis, this means we develop a learning plan specifically to suit your needs and would help you identify exactly what needs to be achieved.
Q. How do I know if I’m paying National Insurance?
A. As an apprentice you are employed by your salon, you should be receiving regular pay-slips detailing the amount of National Insurance and tax that have been deducted from your salary.
You should also have a ‘Contract of Employment’ stating salary, holiday entitlement, working hours, sick pay arrangements and grievance procedures.
Q.I’m a bit concerned about my hands, they are really drying out with all the shampooing I have to do.
A. Your hands are your tools and it is vitally important that you look after them. To prevent contact dermatitis wear gloves, there are many different brands on the market so find some that suit you – preferably the longer length gloves as water does run up the arm to the elbow sometimes. Always, always, always dry your hands thoroughly! Use a moisturiser, use a barrier cream or aqueous cream, available at all chemists. If you think you have contact dermatitis go to your GP, if the condition is diagnosed it is very important that you report it to your manager.
If you have a question that hasn’t been answered above then please don’t hesitate to give us a call – 01268 286403.