Hair & Beauty apprenticeships

Boost your Clients’ mood and confidence, every day

Perhaps you are just starting out in your career, or you are looking to progress or to make a change? The world of hairdressing, barbering and beauty offer opportunities to work in creative and friendly environments, making people feel great about themselves.

We offer apprenticeships in Hairdressing, Barbering and Beauty from Level 2 to Level 4.

What you need to succeed in the Hair & Beauty sector

Here are just some of the characteristics that will help you to succeed in your chosen sector:

  • Good practical skills
  • Creative flair
  • Customer service and ‘people’ skills
  • An understanding and tactful approach
  • An awareness of fashion
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and methods
  • An awareness of health and safety issues

Who do you want to be?

Each of our apprenticeships have clear progression pathways. In this industry the possibilities are endless. You could start out in a local salon, develop the skills you need to run your own salon, or work abroad or in exciting and unusual settings like holiday resorts or cruise ships.

Check out the programmes available below for more information on the pathways that are right for you.

Apprenticeships in this sector

  • Level 2 apprenticeship

    This apprenticeship has been developed to provide professional hairdressing skills and give you an understanding of current policies and processes.

    You'll learn hands-on skills including how to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, style & finish to create a variety of looks as well as colour & lighten hair.

    Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals - Hairdressing
    24 months City & Guilds
  • Level 2 apprenticeship

    We will train you in professional barbering skills as well as help you better understand current policies and processes affecting the barbering industry.

    You'll be shown how to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, cut facial hair into shape and provide grooming services specifically for men.

    Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals - Barbering
    24 Months City & Guilds
  • Level 2 apprenticeship

    You will develop your technical skills and creativity as well as broadening your understanding of specific treatments and techniques.

    Gain direct hands-on experience to be confident to provide and promote a range of therapeutic facial and body care services.

    Diploma in Beauty Therapy Level 2
    15 months City & Guilds
  • Level 3 apprenticeship

    You will learn to provide a quality service, whilst working to the highest standards and continuously developing your personal and professional skills.

    As an Advanced and Creative Hair Professional you will learn how to take ownership of your work and client lists, accept responsibility, are proactive, flexible and adaptable, plan your work and time, aim for excellence by taking exceptional pride in your work and industry.

    Level 3 Diploma for Advanced and Creative Hair Professional
    12 months City & Guilds

Dan-Jay’s Salon

Dan-Jay John Allarton

Not only do I have a new passion for the industry, but I have realised my dream of opening up my own salon. I would fully recommend apprenticeships.


Do I have to find a job first?

If you’re not currently employed or looking for a new job, you can apply for apprenticeship vacancies advertised by employers looking to employ an apprentice, as you must be employed to undertake an apprenticeship.

You can view current vacancies here: apprenticeship vacancies

If you already have a job and wish to gain a qualification in that industry as an apprentice, this is possible subject to your employer’s agreement.

Will it cost me anything?

No. Your employer pays your wage and we apply for government funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to support the cost of your qualification.
Currently 100% funding is available for apprentices ages 16 – 18 and 90% for those aged 19 + (subject to the employers levy status).

You or your employer can call us to discuss any questions you have regarding funding on 0800 783 2545.

Can I undertake an Apprenticeship with my current employer?

Yes. If you already have a job and wish to gain a nationally recognised qualification in that role, an apprenticeship is a great way to do it. A great way to start is to visit our employing an apprentice page ready to discuss with your employer or give us a call on 0800 783 2545

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