We take a look at the Nail Services Technician apprenticeship standard that trains people to help keep their clients nails healthy and looking beautiful.

The nail care industry is one of the most profitable industries in the world. In the UK, the industry generates more than £3 billion in annual revenue. There were 3,517 nail salons in the UK in 2019, an increase of 56% over five years. Having your nails done is considered affordable luxury, so opportunities abound from technicians offering a freelance mobile service to working in a spa, beauty salon, cruise ship and retail environments.

A nail Technician Apprenticeship lasts 12 months.  During that time you’ll train to be able to offer a range of services for clients from basic manicure and pedicures through to gel polishes. To succeed you’ll combine a love of creating healthy beautiful nails with a willingness to learn and an enquiring, curious mind. You train not only to deliver a set of great looking nails, but to be able to do this in a certain amount of time to high quality. This makes the service commercially viable.

You’ll find yourself in a customer-focussed fast-paced environment often initially working as part of a team supported by a manager. You’ll build a regular client basis and help them look after their nails, providing advice and product recommendations whilst meeting legal, industry and organisational requirements and codes of practice.

You’ll also need to be organised from the layout of your work station through to taking bookings for your clients. The Apprenticeship Standard includes nail enhancement services, so you’ll learn to apply tips and overlays and use forms to build nail profiles. You’ll need to keep up to date with the latest nail products and how to apply them. You’ll also develop skills in basic nail art from painting simple designs to using transfers and diamontes.

Once you have completed your apprenticeship you will not only have experience in the industry, but a Level 2 Diploma in Nail services that is recognised by the beauty profession.

If you would like further information on apprenticeships and how to apply for them, talk to the Apprenticeship Support by Be More Team. The team is funded by the European Social Fund & LCR Strategic Investment Fund and provides impartial information and advice on apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region.