Hiring apprentices in your salon- yay or neigh?

Hiring apprentices in Alberta.

Hiring apprentices in your salon can be beneficial. Here are some FAQs employers have when considering hiring apprentices versus licensed hairstylists.

Can I hire an existing staff member as an apprentice?

Yes, for example, you may choose to promote your receptionist. Some people may even say that its a good idea to promote your receptionist/assistant/etc. This is because taking on an apprentice is a long term commitment and investment.

How much supervision is an apprentice required to have?

The supervisor has to be a certified hairstylist. This person will be a mentor and should have the qualities to mould the apprentice with correct technical skills and theoretical knowledge amongst other things.

Your apprentice must complete 1450 hours during their first period (12 months) and another 1450 hours on their second period (12 months)

You can stretch this out how it best works for you, but this works out to 30 hours per week on average.

Can an apprentice offer services at my salon before being licensed?

Yes, they can offer the services you teach them as they practice their skills. Your apprentice will have to enrol in technical training at some point during each period (start dates vary), but you can teach them the skills you want them to learn in the mean time.

What is the application process?

Your apprentice must apply online. There is a $35 apprenticeship application fee. After, you will receive an email asking you to complete the employer portion of the application.

A contract will be created from there which will be signed by both of you and voilà, you have an apprentice.

Find your apprentice!

You can use our job bank to search for your next apprentice!


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Holidays and Holiday Pay: Beauty Industry Employees

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Holidays and Holiday Pay: Beauty Industry Employees

This information comes from Alberta’s Employment Standards Code. Whether you are FT, PT, or on Commission, the code applies to all employees who are NOT self-employed or contracted.

Now let’s begin…

Throughout the year, the following holidays are recognized by the code:

  • January 1, New Year’s Day
  • 3rd Monday in February, Family Day
  • Friday before Easter (varies in March/April), Good Friday
  • Monday after May 25, Victoria Day
  • July 1, Canada Day
  • 1st Monday in September, Labour Day
  • 2nd Monday in October, Thanksgiving Day
  • November 11, Remembrance Day
  • December 25, Christmas Day

How old were you when you found out…?

  • When July 1 falls on a Monday-Saturday, it is celebrated that day, however, when it falls on a Sunday, its celebrated the next day on Monday
  • Employers can choose to designate Boxing Day, Easter Monday, or Heritage Day (1st Monday in August) as a holiday, however, it is NOT mandatory

Do you qualify for holiday pay?

Not everyone is eligible for holiday pay, to be eligible:

  • 30 DAYS: You have to have worked at least 30 days before the holiday in question
  • GOOD ATTENDANCE: You can ‘t have missed work the day before or the day after the holiday in question
  • BE PRESENT: You have to have actually worked on the holiday in question (not refuse)

If you are eligible, and it is your REGULAR day of work, your employer either

  • Pays your daily wage + 1.5X your wage for all hours worked; or
  • Pays your daily wage + provides a day off with pay of average daily wage (If you accept this option, you must take your day off no later than your next vacation and on a day that would normally be a work day for you)

If you are eligible, and it is NOT your REGULAR day of work, your employer

  • Pays you 1.5X your wage for your hours worked

Did you know?

  • If you are on vacation when a general holiday occurs and it would be your regular day to work, you are still entitled to holiday pay
  • Employees paid by commission are entitled to their daily wage + 1.5x their wage when they work on a holiday Ask Executive Spa Group how to calculate the hourly wage if you are paid by commission or visit the Alberta’s Employment Standard Code Fact Sheet

In the beauty industry, a lot of employees work irregular schedules where employees only work when there is work available, or work in predetermined, repetitive patterns that differ from your average M-F/9-5. Contact Executive Spa Group for questions regarding your eligibility for holiday pay based on your particular schedule.

Beauty Industry Resource Centre
(780) 604-2772

Check out some of our other resources:

TRAINING 411: Beauty Educator Directory

Alberta Beauty Industry Job Bank

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How can I change to a career in beauty?

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Changing Careers After 30

Changing careers is more common than you may think. Why do we hear about people having more than one career these days? I have a theory based on observations, my knowledge of human behaviour, and my understanding of social psychology. I believe we go through multiple career changes these days due to an abundance of career options.

Where do I start?

There are several ways to enter the industry, but first we recommend becoming fully informed before making life-changing decisions. This is why beauty career exploring should be done alongside ESG.

We are able to ask the right questions to help you map out your future based on your past and present life experience. For example, when we meet with clients considering a career in the beauty industry, we talk more than just work. We believe choosing a career is dependent among many factors, for example, interests, abilities, work values, personal values, and future life plans.

Career Satisfaction

If your work values are not parallel to your personal values, it is only a matter of time before you decide no amount of money is worth your time there. Because of this, we like to ask questions with different options for you to choose from. For example, we may ask you what is most important to you in a career, and give you the following options to choose from: high achievement, independence, creativity, or good salary.

At ESG, we specialize in beauty industry careers. If you are thinking about changing careers. furthering your education, or transitioning back to employment, we can provide industry information and career and employment consulting to help you make the right decision.

Use our online TRAINING 411 Beauty Educator directory to help you get started!

(780) 604-2772 (Call or Text)

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