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Hair and beauty

Hair and beauty

This section summarises the occupations that have been added and removed from the Hair and Beauty occupational map as a result of the consultation, and responds to additional comments that were submitted.

Breakdown of respondents

hair response graph


Summary of responses

Respondents proposed the following as an additional occupation for inclusion on the map and, after analysis, this has been added as a standard awaiting development.

  • Spa Treatments (Level 2)

The following occupations were proposed for inclusion; however, Institute and route panel analysis concluded that there is insufficient evidence at this time for these to be considered as occupations for the development of apprenticeship standards:

  • Creative Hairstylist
  • Micropigmentation Professional: Cosmetic
  • Micropigmentation Professional: Medical
  • Senior Barber
  • Senior Nail Technician (Level 3)

Holistic Therapist was proposed for inclusion. There is currently a proposal for this occupation in development and the route panel will review it in due course.

Further comments

Respondents suggested that the Massage Therapist standard (currently under development) should include Reiki, acupuncture and crystal healing. This suggestion will be provided to relevant the relevant trailblazer group to consider.   

A number of responses supported Hairdressing being an apprenticeship only pathway, because of the client service aspect of the role. We have provided this feedback to the Department for Education.

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