How long are hairdressing apprenticeships?

There are different types of apprenticeship, each with different requirements. The length of the apprenticeship will depend on the specifics of the course and the qualification attained upon completion.

What is a hairdressing apprenticeship?

Once you have decided that hairdressing is the right career for you, an apprenticeship is the ideal way to begin your training in the industry. Once you complete your chosen apprenticeship, you will receive a professional qualification.
 
Although not an official qualification in its own right, the comprehensive framework of an apprenticeship is designed to equip you with the basic skills and knowledge required for the hairdressing profession.
 
A combination of practical training and theory, an apprenticeship has many benefits, such as:

  • Gaining job-specific skills
  • Working alongside experienced staff
  • Earning a salary
  • Paid holiday
  • Allocated time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)

There are two elements to a hairdressing apprenticeship:

  • Knowledge based - theory aspects
  • Competency based - practical aspects

What are the different types of apprenticeship? 
There are two main types of hairdressing apprenticeship - the standard apprenticeship and the advanced apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship

Who is the basic apprenticeship suitable for? A basic apprenticeship is the ideal way to enter the hairdressing profession. Options can be tailored to suit your needs, for example if you’re already working as a hairdresser, you could develop your skills to become a senior stylist.

 
How long is the apprenticeship? 
The apprenticeship will last between 12 and 22 months
 
How much will the apprenticeship cost? 
The cost of the apprenticeship depends on your age. If you are between 16 and 18 it is fully funded. If you are aged between 19 and 23, it is fully funded for employers with less than 1,000 employees. For those aged 24 and above, your employer must contribute to the cost of the apprenticeship. 
 
What are the entry requirements?
You must be employed in a salon for a minimum of 30 hours per week
 
What will I learn?
During your apprenticeship you will learn:

  • How to shampoo and condition hair
  • Basic cutting techniques
  • Basic colour techniques
  • How to style and finish hair
  • How to set and dress hair
  • How to advise and consult with clients
  • How to work to required health and safety standards

You are also required to take a number of optional units which may include:

  • Fulfilling salon reception duties
  • Promoting additional services or products to clients

 
What are the assessment methods?
You will be assessed in the workplace or in an alternative realistic working environment. There are a variety of methods of assessment, including practical and paper tests.
 
What qualifications can you gain? 
Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you can gain a number of qualifications, including:

  • Apprenticeship in Hairdressing
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Functional Skills Application of Number Level 1
  • Functional Skills Communication Level 1
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

What are the next steps after my apprenticeship?
Once you have completed your apprenticeship you can move on to:

Advanced apprenticeship

Who is the advanced apprenticeship suitable for? An advanced apprenticeship is the ideal way to develop your skills and work towards a specialism in the industry.

 
How long is the apprenticeship? 
The apprenticeship will last between 6 and 24 months
 
How much will the apprenticeship cost? 
The cost of the apprenticeship depends on your age. If you are between 16 and 18 it is fully funded. If you are aged between 19 and 23, it is fully funded for employers with less than 1,000 employees. For those aged 24 and above, your employer must contribute to the cost of the advanced apprenticeship. 
 
What are the entry requirements?
You must be employed in a hairdressing salon for a minimum of 30 hours per week
 
What will I learn?
During your apprenticeship you will learn:

  • How to creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
  • How to fulfill a client consultation
  • How to promote additional products and services to clients
  • How to monitor procedures to adhere to health and safety procedures

You are also required to take a number of optional units, only one of which may come from group 2:
Optional Group 1:

  • Colour hair using a variety of techniques
  • Provide colour correction services
  • Creatively style and dress hair
  • Creatively dress long hair
  • Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills
  • Create a variety of permed effects
  • Provide hair extension services

Optional Group 2:

  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities
  • Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business
  • Support client service improvements

What are the assessment methods?
There are a variety of methods of assessment, including practical and paper tests. You will be assessed in the workplace or in an alternative realistic working environment.
 
What qualifications can you gain? 
Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you can gain a number of qualifications, including:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Hairdressing
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Functional Skills Application of Number Level 2
  • Functional Skills Communication Level 2
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

What are the next steps after my apprenticeship?
Depending on your desired career path, once you have completed your apprenticeship you can move on to:

  • Apprenticeship in Customer Service
  • Apprenticeship in Management

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