Hairdressing and Barbering Apprenticeship
Starting Salary: £12,000 - £18,000 (once qualified)
Qualification: NVQ
Length: Approx 1 Year
Type: Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Overview

Hairdressing Apprentice

This Apprenticeship covers all the basics of hairdressing. As a Hairdressing Apprentice, you’ll work as a salon junior, assisting senior staff while training as a junior stylist.

Duties are likely to include booking appointments, shampooing, conditioning, drying and styling hair, and mixing and applying hair colouring. You’ll study hairdressing topics such as hair and skin testing, the effects of chemicals on hair and skin, and the principles of hair colour selection – there’s also the option to learn about promoting products, perming and different types of hair.

Advanced apprentices take their learning a step further by developing their cutting and colouring skills so they can carry out all the latest fashion techniques – and maybe even determine the fashion looks of the future.

On this Apprenticeship you’ll spend a lot of time on your feet, and it’s important that you look smart (and have an even smarter hairstyle). Good communication plays a role, too – you’ll need to understand exactly what your customer wants in order to make them happy.

Barbering

The demand for skilled barbers to cut and style hair is on the rise. This Apprenticeship is for those interested in cutting and styling the hair of men and boys (those who also want to work on female hair should investigate the Hairdressing Apprenticeship). You’ll also learn about (and be tested on) other issues related to barbering, like hygiene, disposing of chemicals and working in a team.

On this Apprenticeship, you’ll learn how to give client consultations, cut hair, trim and shape facial hair and shampoo and condition hair and scalp. You could also choose to learn how to colour hair or cut basic patterns in hair.

If you take this as an Advanced Level Apprenticeship you may learn how to carry out a shave or provide facial massage.

You’ll be on your feet and working to please all sorts of customers, so a friendly nature and good sense of humour will come in handy. Your own appearance will also be important, since customers will want to know that creating a good impression matters to you.

Entry Requirements

Intermediate Apprenticeship – 4 GCSEs at grade D or above (one in English or Maths) or equivalent.

Advanced Apprenticeship – 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (one in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent.

These requirements are subject to change and may also differ to meet the needs of the employer. As well as a College interview, progression onto an Apprenticeship is subject to an employer interview.

Don’t worry if you didn’t get the required grades, we can work with you to find a suitable route on to your Apprenticeship.

Job Roles

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship:

  • Junior Stylist
  • Junior Barber

Advanced Level Apprenticeship:

  • Stylist
  • Hairdresser
  • Barber
  • Senior Barber
Framework/Units
  • NVQ
  • Functional skills
  • Technical Certificate
Assessment

Assessment is through practical observation and theoretical tests.

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