Training. College. Academy.Apprenticeship

03 May


A place to share thoughts post comments and idea’s on matters relating to hair colouring skill and techniques . Anything industry related created as a source of advise education knowledge skill experience.

What is an apprenticeship? 
Apprenticeships enable you to learn your trade practically as well as studying to gain the theory and enable you to receive your qualification. They are aimed at young people aged 16 and over to enable them to earn money whilst gaining experience in a hairdressing environment. An apprenticeship in hairdressing will normally involve you working in the salon every day bar one or two when you will be attending college to work towards you NVQ qualification.

It is a relationship you enter into with a salon owner or Chain to give you time and service in return for training,

It is key to chose a place committed to making sure you get the training you will need, expect to do many of the support jobs until you gain some experience, but make sure you are not taken advantage as  just cheap labor!

It can take up to 5 years to qualify as a hairdresser so if you have the patience and the commitment to keep at it then an apprenticeship would be for you. 

Why do an apprenticeship? 
An apprenticeship enables you to earn money but do not expect high wages,whilst working and gaining qualifications. You can use an apprenticeship to gain NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) levels which is what you need to become a qualified hairdresser.

Given the right salon apprentice mix this is the best way to be part of a salon team coming up through the ranks you become a respected member of staff  with on floor experience so it’s a natural progression from trainee to stylist the college route does not afford this! practical experience is not really gained when doing a college course,  the college environment sets you up with knowledge but not the skills to work and understand the salon it’s staff and the way it works ,studying just the theory at college will mean you have to get in salon training and experience.

Employers like to see that their future employees are keen to learn and because of this salon owners are usually very keen to take on apprentices. 

Will I enjoy an apprenticeship? 
When thinking about undertaking a hairdressing apprenticeship, you should be certain that this is the career path you wish to take.

You need to be really focused to be successful and know that you will need to put in the work and organise your time really well. You must be prepared to be responsible for balancing your time at work with studying in order to get the most out of it; you can’t just work in the salon and not go to college because this doesn’t meet the requirements of partaking in an apprenticeship scheme. You should also be prepared to be able to work as part of a team and as an individual. 

How long does an apprenticeship take? 
This can vary from 1 year to 5; it is dependent on the contract you have drawn up with your employer and on your own ability also. 


You can also get in touch with employers directly and ask them if they take on apprentices or would be interested in doing so. If they do, then they will probably arrange to meet you as they would a proper employee and interview you to ensure you would be a good investment for them to make. 

Use the internet as a tool to help you find where takes on apprentices in your area. Additionally, look in your local newspaper and visit your nearest job centre. You have to make sure you choose the right apprentice scheme to embark upon as well so look upon it as finding a job. Make sure you do your research before applying to ensure that you would be happy working there if you got offered the apprentice.

Jobs in hairdressing:

Hairdressing is a fantastic career choice and your job in hairdressing will certainly be filled with a dynamic range of clients, styles and fashions. You can develop a vast career through hairdressing training (both academic and vocational). There are many options open to a new hairdresser, you could work for a well known salon or even go on to own your own hairdressers business in a local town.

Ideally you should be a creative type of person, enjoy working in a team and having direct contact with your clients. An ambitious nature is highly regarded and valuable for a job in hairdressing, as you will be working in a £2.6 billion industry.

A very few reach the highest levels of the profession a Successful hairdressers can enjoy top jobs around the globe, traveling to style supermodels on photo shoots, TV and movie stars on set, magazine models and much more.

What training will you need to become a hairdresser?

Starting out with a career in hairdressing you will require some formal training such as NVQs. You could start as an apprentice and train while you’re on the job which allows you to earn money, train and gain valued vocational skills. To start with you would be doing day-to-day tasks such as:

1.    Booking appointments

2.    Welcoming customers

3.    Shampooing hair

4.    Changing towel supplies

5.    Cleaning away cut hair and keeping the salon tidy

Once qualified and employed as a full time hairdresser your job in hairdressing would include tasks such as:

1.    Client consultation on hair styles and fashion

2.    Shampooing and conditioning

3.    Cutting, colouring and styling

4.    Perming, straightening and blow drying

5.    Product advice

6.    Health and safety of chemical treatments

7.    Ordering stock

8.    Handling payments, refunds and complaints

What can you expect the pay and working hours to be like as a hairdresser?

As a trainee hairdresser you would earn the national minimum wage for your age range, after training you can expect to earn between £11,000 and £20,000 a year depending on your location, training level, experience, etc – with many London employers paying over £30,000 for top hairdressers.

You will be working around 40 hours per week depending on the type of hairdressing job you choose. The working hours depend totally on the job role, for example in fashion you maybe working late evenings or early mornings with a film shoot, however regular work in salons is generally between 9 – 6. may be the norm but with late nights and in salon training be prepared for long hours that should hopefully be very rewarding the more willingness to show to want to learn the more you will learn!

Having done the apprenticeship route when i trained and now as an educator who has occasion to visit colleges, my personal observation are two fold when many young people go into hairdressing either not being committed or thinking it as being easy! also the college route affords you knowledge but no real in salon experience, yet when qualified with their newly attained NVQ makes them feel they are fully qualified, leaving college is just the start of your career and training.

I don’t think that College training will ever be a direct route in the salon to being a fully qualified stylist,you need to have worked on  the salon floor as anything other than a junior stylist, so be prepared to keep learning do courses gain more knowledge and education.push aside that know it all attitude and ego. Humility and a willingness to learn and be helpful goes a very long way.

Share your thoughts and comments  Mike B2MR


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