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The LHAA specialise in high quality hairdressing & barbering training.

We offer Apprenticeship training to apprentices already in salons and barber shops as well as training individuals that want a career in hairdressing or barbering. 

In addition, we also provide training for your existing staff and we can provide you with trainee Apprentices that have been carefully selected to meet your own requirements.

Key information for Employers

  • What are Hair Professional Apprenticeships (Hairdressing or Barbering)?

    Apprenticeships are proven to be one of the most effective ways to train and develop a loyal and highly skilled workforce for your salon. The Apprenticeship training programme is appropriate for training both new and existing employees. The Apprenticeship comprises the following:

    • The Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals  or Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Framework)
    • English and maths Functional Skills taught in a hairdressing context
  • What skills will an LHAA Apprentice develop?

    The Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing) programme is a mandatory part of the Apprenticeship standards for Hair Professionals and requires the following 6 units to be completed plus Apprentices must pass the final end-point assessment:

    • Mandatory Units
    • Consultation
    • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
    • Colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques 
    • Style and finish hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
    • Cut hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks


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    • Hair Extension Services

    Apprentices will also learn and develop the following skills, knowledge and behaviours which are embedded within the hairdressing units:

    • Professionalism and Values

    • Behaviours and communication

    • Safe working practices

     The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing: 

    Apprentices on the Level 3 Advanced Hairdressing Apprenticeship programme (Framework) will be trained in the following skills:

    • Provide client consultation services
    • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
    • Creatively colour and lighten hair
    • Hair colour correction services
    • Creatively style and dress hair
    • Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills
    • Provide creative hair extension services [Balmain certified]

    Additionally, Apprentices will develop skills relevant to the salon such as managing self, managing relationships in the workplace, managing others, and techniques to support self-directed learning.

     Functional Skills:

    • Apprentices on the Diploma for Hair Professionals will need to pass Maths and English functional skills at level 1 but learners must also take the level 2 functional skills tests (even if they don’t pass them).

    • Apprentices on the Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship will need to pass the level 2 functional skills tests

    • Learners who have achieved maths and English GCSE at grade A*-C are exempted from functional skills.

  • The LHAA programme overview

    The Hair Professionals Apprenticeship (Hairdressing or Barbering) programme  will be completed in a minimum of 372 days, during which the Apprentice will need to be in employment and training for at least a minimum of 30 hours a week

    Within the 30 hours of employment Apprentices are required to attend the academy one day [6 hours] a week for training and assessment. 

    All Apprentices must have an Apprenticeship contract of employment. Apprenticeship agreements must include a commitment statement to be signed by employers, apprentices and, for 15-17 year olds only, by parents/carers.

    Once the apprentice has completed the Hair Professionals Apprenticeship (Hairdressing or Barbering) programme they can continue their study towards a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship for a further 12 months.

  • How much will it cost me?

    Good news, all the training is funded. 

    All Apprentices must receive the minimum Apprenticeship wage which is currently £3.50 an hour (from 1st April 2017), this also applies to Apprentices aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship programme. 

    Apprentices should be paid for attending the academy one day a week for the programme duration. Her Majesty’s Government will contribute towards training your Apprentice and depending on age and programme level.

    In England, Apprenticeship standards are allocated into one of 15 funding bands once assessment plans have been approved. 

    For the hair professional standards, the funding band is set at Band 9 which means that the maximum government contribution is £9,000. 

    For the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3 NVQ Framework) the Government contribution is £3000. 

    • Small employers (less than 50 employees) who take on 16-18 year olds, or those aged 19-24 who have been in care, or who have a local authority care plan will not pay anything towards the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment.

    • Any employer taking on 16-18 year olds or those aged 19-24 who have been in care, or who have a local authority care plan will also receive £1000 to support the additional costs of training these groups and the training provider will also receive £1000. The money is paid in two instalments, £500 after 3 months and the balance at 12 months.

    Unless they are small employers taking on 16-18 year olds, or those aged 19-24 who have been in care, or who have a local authority care plan employers will be required to pay 10% per apprentice.

    Employers are expected to negotiate the price of training and assessment with training providers, so if you negotiate a price which is lower than the maximum allowed, your contribution will be 10% of the lower price you negotiate.

    Contributions from employers must be in cash, not kind, but can be spread over time.

  • Why Choose LHAA?

    The LHAA have developed an innovative cost effective way for you to recruit and train your hairdressing Apprentices. 

    The LHAA has unique advantages over other hairdressing training providers:

    • We can train your existing salon juniors or we can provide you with pre-screened Apprentices for you to select.
    • The Hair Professionals Apprenticeship is completed in a minimum of 372 days but can take up to 2 years.
    • Apprentices can start their Apprenticeship training programme at the LHAA throughout the year.
    • The LHAA operates its own training salons in Camden, Chiswick, Elstree, Welling and Loughton to teach hairdressing skills using highly qualified Educators supported by a highly skilled art team with significant industry experience.
    • Most assessments are carried out in our Academy minimising the disruption to your salon operation. Some assessment may be completed in the salon.
    • We are recognised as a Wella Colour Centre of Excellence and a HABIA certificated School of Hairdressing.
    • The LHAA have outstanding quality standards as we are a partner of an OFSTED grade 2 college.
    • We provide Apprentices with enhanced employability skills so that they are capable of operating effectively in a commercial salon such as customer service, punctuality, relating to customers, working with others and salon product retailing. LHAA Apprentices are trained to be ‘Salon-ready’.
    • We provide mentors for all LHAA Apprentices.
    • Our Employer Engagement Managers will make regular visits to check that you are 100% satisfied and up to date with your Apprentices’ progress and achievements.

    For further information about our Academies in Camden, Chiswick, Elstree, Welling and Loughton please contact us on 020 8953 9344 or email [email protected]

  • What are Barbering Apprenticeships?

    Apprenticeships are proven to be one of the most effective ways to train and develop a loyal and highly skilled workforce for your salon. The Apprenticeship training programme is appropriate for training both new and existing employees. 

    The Apprenticeship comprises the following:

    • The Hair Professionals Apprenticeship (Barbering)
    • Functional Skills: Apprentices on the Diploma for Hair Professionals (Barbering) will need to pass Maths and English functional skills at level 1 but learners must also take the level 2 functional skills tests (even if they don’t pass them).

    Learners who have achieved maths and English GCSE at grade A*-C (or GCSE grade 4 and above) are exempted from functional skills.

    Training as a barber is a highly rewarding experience; Apprentices will need to be highly motivated, have great communication skills and have an interest in the image industry.

    This Apprenticeship is for those interested in cutting, styling and colouring the hair of men and boys. Apprentices will learn about (and be tested on) other issues related to barbering, like hygiene, disposing of chemicals and working in a team.

    With men putting almost as much effort into their appearances as women these days, the demand for skilled barbers to cut and style hair is on the rise.

  • What skills will an LHAA Barbering Apprentice develop?

    The Diploma for Hair Professionals (Barbering) programme is a mandatory part of the Apprenticeship standards for Hair Professionals and requires the following 6 units to be completed plus Apprentices must pass the final end point assessment: 

    • Consultation
    • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
    • Cutting hair using barbering techniques to create a variety of looks
    • Style and finish men’s hair
    • Cut facial hair into shape
    • Shaving services

    Apprentices will also learn and develop the following skills, knowledge and behaviours which are embedded within the barbering units:

    • Professionalism and Values

    • Behaviours and communication

    • Safe working practices 

    The End-Point Assessment

    The final unit includes a synoptic practical assessment carried out by an independent examiner where the apprentice will demonstrate he/she can complete a range of services on a number of models to industry standards and within commercial timings. The end point assessment will be graded a Pass or Distinction.

    For further information about our Academies in Camden, Chiswick, Elstree, Welling and Loughton please contact us on 020 8953 9344 or learn more at www.lhaa.co.uk

  • Pastoral Care

    The LHAA will ensure that learning takes place within a safe environment

    Student Liaison Officers are based at each of our Academies and together with our hairdressing tutors and technicians they are available to support your Apprentice throughout their time at the LHAA.

  • LHAA Ambassadors

    The LHAA are supported by key salon owners across Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and London who have a passion to be more involved in shaping the training at the LHAA or becoming more involved in delivering training within their salon.

    Ambassadors also support the LHAA by contributing to the development of industry standards. 

    Salon owners can also support the LHAA by delivering master classes and by attending the annual LHAA graduation event. 

    If you feel you can add value to the LHAA and want to be more involved or become an LHAA Ambassador please contact your Employer Engagement Manager or contact the LHAA at  [email protected].

  • Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement Level 3 (CAVA)

    The LHAA also offer salon owners, managers and senior salon staff the opportunity to study at the LHAA for the Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement. This is intended for those salons who wish to assess both occupational competence and practical skills in the work environment and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the work environment e.g. a workshop, classroom or other training environment.

    There are 3 Mandatory Units.

    Unit 1: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

    Unit 2: Assess the Occupational Competence in the Work Environment.

    Unit 3: Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding

    Workplace observations are required and will be supported at the LHAA Academies.

    The cost for the qualification is normally £875.00 however for salons who want to work with the LHAA and place 3-5 apprentices with us annually we will waive the fee for one assessor.

    If you want to discuss this and other flexible delivery options that could financially benefit your business please contact your account manager or email [email protected].

  • Key Facts about Apprenticeships
    • 80% of those employers who employ Apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive
    • The minimum wage for Apprentices is just £3.50 per hour effective 1st April 2017
    • 88% of employers who employ Apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
    • 83% of employers who employ Apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programmes to provide skilled workers that they need for the future
    • One in five employers is hiring more Apprentices to help them compete more effectively by boosting salon productivity.

    Source: National Apprenticeship Service

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Employer Programme Information

The The Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals  (Hairdressing / Barbering):

  • Ensure responsibility and accountability for actions to minimize the risks to health and safety
  • Give customers a good impression of your organization
  • Relationship-building with client
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Hair-colouring
  • Style and finish hair
  • Set and dress hair
  • Cut hair using basic techniques
  • Performing reception duties
  • Develop and maintain your effectiveness on work

Functional Skills

  • English and maths in the context of hairdressing

Employer Responsibilities Information

The major responsibility of employers is to provide Apprentices with employment for at least 30 hours a week which includes the day release training

  • All Apprentices have to attend training  at our Academy for one day a week to meet the requirements for 20% off-the-job training
  • The Employer will need to allow the Apprentices to participate in the relevant working practices to enhance their learning
  • A mentor/assessor will be sent by the LHAA to visit the Apprentice in the workplace as required
  • The employer will need to hold a current Employers and Public Liability Insurance
  • The employer must be engaged and support the 3-way review process with the Apprentices and LHAA team in order to discuss his/her progress, issues, concerns and action plans to ensure his/her achievements and success
  • The employer have to ensure that the Apprentice has a full induction into your organization
  • Provide a workplace mentor to support, motivate and guide the Apprentice
  • The employer must comply with Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety legislation


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