Why Train With Us?.

  • Commercially focussed relevant training.
  • All teaching staff have current or recent industry experience.
  • Enrol at any time.
  • Flexible training options.
  • Trainer of choice for an extensive and growing employer base across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.
  • Backed by an award winning college, we train over 300 hairdressing and barbering apprentices each year and have great success rates.

Apprenticeship  F.A.Q

What is an apprenticeship?

As employees, apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Training is provided by Hair Training Academy, Worcester at your Employers workplace and apprentices work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

How many hours per week do I need to work as an apprentice?

An apprentice must work for a minimum of 30 hours per week for not more than 40 hours per week.

How much will I earn as an apprentice?

The National Minimum Wage structure details the current minimum rate of pay for an apprentice. This rate changes in line with other bands in the National Minimum Wage structure. Current rates can be found at www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates. For the first 12 months of training, an apprentice, whatever their age, is eligible to be paid at the apprentice rate.  After 12 months, if the apprentice is then over the age of 19, they must be paid the National Minimum Wage rate for their age. If not, this comes into effect on their 19th birthday. As skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages.

Do I have to pay anything to become an apprentice?

No. While you are on an apprenticeship course your employer pays you a salary and the Government cover the full cost of training for 16-18 year olds and contribute towards costs for those aged 19 or over.

Is there an age limit for becoming an apprentice?

As we have funding for adult apprenticeships, we are able to consider training apprentices of any age.

Do I need a job to be an apprentice?

Yes, you need to be employed in a salon or barbers for a minimum of 30 hours per week before you can start your apprenticeship. We often have local vacancies which we can support you to apply for.

How long are apprenticeship courses?

We look at each new apprentice on an individual basis to establish a time frame for their training. We look at factors such as prior knowledge, salon experience and the working environment to establish this. This decision is always made in conjunction with the employer. As a guide, an Intermediate apprenticeship (level 2) will take 12-18 months and an Advanced (level 3) apprenticeship will take 12-18 months. An apprenticeship must always have a duration of at least 12 months.

I already have a job in a salon, can I still do an apprenticeship?

Yes, if your employer agrees, you can become an apprentice where you work now.

When can I start?

We operate a ‘roll on roll off’ programme, so there are no set start dates. We start apprentices throughout the year so you can start at any time.