In the UK there are over 35,700 hairdressing salons employing 200,000 people. There are a variety of salon types. All salons offer cutting, styling and chemical services. Some salons offer services to both women and men.
Apprenticeships are the traditional way for training hairdressers. This 18 month apprenticeship programme offers you a work based learning route into the hairdressing industry, using qualifications that combine both skills and knowledge.
You must achieve a minimum of 37 credits to achieve this qualification. Some of these units are mandatory and some you may choose with the agreement of your employer and Assessor. Your Assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your Assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.
Mandatory units include:
- Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
- Promote additional services or products to clients
- Provide hairdressing consultation services
- Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques.
Optional units may include:
- 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
You will also complete courses in:
- Personal learning and thinking skills
- Maths functional skills level 2
- English functional skills level 2
- Employment rights and responsibilities.
Suitability - Who should attend?
For the advanced apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older, working in a salon for a minimum of 30 hours per week in the role of stylist or hairdresser. Please note, you need to have a job before applying for an apprenticeship. Please view the Apprenticeships tab on our website to view current vacancies. Because the industry has high client expectations and relies on repeat business, importance is given to: appropriate personal presentation including clothing, hair and personal hygiene; practical, organisational and social skills; attention to detail and cleanliness; good communication skills whether dealing face to face with clients or speaking on the telephone; willingness to work flexible hours/days as agreed in the employment contract; a high degree of dexterity and coordination. Potential apprentices with a predisposition to certain skin conditions or allergies, such as occupational dermatitis, eczema or asthma, need to understand that some of the chemicals, liquids and aerosols used in hairdressing may have a significant effect on their health condition. Colour blindness would restrict opportunities in the wide use of artificial colouring products and services in the industry.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3
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