Hairdressing & Barbering Apprenticeship: Student Guide

As a Hairdressing Apprentice, you’ll work as a Salon Junior, assisting senior staff while training as a Junior Stylist. You will spend four to five days a week in a salon, earning a wage and working alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off-the-job, for one day a week, you’ll attend the college training salon at either Wolverhampton, Telford or Worcester to receive training and work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. Apprenticeships are for anyone aged 16 or above, so whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years, or are seeking to start a new career you can become an Apprentice.

The Apprenticeship Framework

There are three main strands to an Apprenticeship, known as the Framework: a competence-based element, a technical element and a skills element.  As part of the frameworks, the Apprentice will study Employer Rights and Responsibilities, Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number at the appropriate level, and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 2: Modules of study include: health and safety; give clients a positive impression of yourself and your organisation; advise and consult with clients; shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp, hair colour; style and finish hair; set and dress hair; cut hair using basic techniques. Optional units include: salon reception duties; promote additional services or products to clients; develop and maintain your effectiveness at work; plait and twist hair; perm and neutralise hair; attach hair to enhance style.

Hairdressing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3: Modules of study include: monitor procedures to safely control work operations; promote additional services or products to clients; hairdressing consultation services; creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques. Optional units include: colouring hair; colour correction; creatively style and dress hair; permed effects; creative hair extension; financial effectiveness of business; support client service improvements; promotional activities.

Barbering Apprenticeship Level 2: Modules of study include: health and safety; advise and consult with client; shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp; cut hair using basic barbering techniques; cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques; dry and finish men’s hair. Optional units are also available: create basic patterns in hair; perm and neutralise hair; change men’s hair colour; salon reception duties; effectiveness at work; give clients a positive impression of yourself and your organisation; promote additional services or products to clients.

Barbering Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3: Modules of study include: safely control work operations; promote additional services or products to clients; provide hairdressing consultation services; design and create a range of facial hair shapes; creatively cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques. Optional units are also available: shaving services; face massage; design and create patterns in hair; colour hair; colour correction; creative hairdressing skills, permed effects; financial effectiveness of business; client service improvements; planning and implementation of promotional activities.

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Have you considered coming to college full-time if you can’t find an Apprenticeship vacancy? You can start on many of our courses on a full-time basis, then if an Apprenticeship becomes available you can transfer across. Everything you’ll have learnt at college will be valuable to you at work. To discuss your full-time course options call 01902 836000.

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