Hairdressing and Barbering

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship in Hairdressing/Barbering allows you to work and earn at the same time. Apprenticeships combine practical learning in a salon environment alongside theoretical knowledge development in the academy classroom. You will have a dedicated tutor who will visit you in your workplace and observe you on the practical elements of the course. One day per week you will be released to The Link Training Academy to develop your theory knowledge and learn the necessary practical skills in a real working environment.

Traineeships

Traineeships are shorter courses than apprenticeships and are perfect for those learners who require some initial support and guidance before starting to work in a busy salon environment. Here at The Link Training Academy we can build a traineeship course around your needs and then we can support you in finding an apprenticeship after the successful completion of a traineeship. Traineeships are completed alongside work experience, the focus is around preparing yourself for an apprenticeship and the world of work.

Private Courses

We offer a variety of different private courses and are open to discuss specific details with interested learners. Whether you’re just starting out, need a short refresher course after a period of time out of the industry or you would like to expand your knowledge into specific areas we will have courses suitable for you.

Adult Learning

A mixture of practical and theoretical barbering – this course focuses on developing the fundamental knowledge and skills required to be a barber. Over the duration of this course you will look at 4 units; 
Client Consultation, Health and Safety, Cut Men’s Hair and Cutting Men’s Facial hair.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements. You may be able start work as a trainee in a salon or barbershop with no formal qualifications and learn on the job.

You can also train to become a hairdresser or barber either full-time or part-time at a college. Courses are offered as standalone hairdressing qualifications or are can be combined with related subjects like beauty, make-up and nails.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) has information about choosing hairdressing as a career.

Skills Required

You’ll need:

  • the creativity to design and interpret hairstyles
  • excellent customer service and communication skills
  • organisational and time-keeping skills

What you'll Do

You may work in a large team in a busy city centre hairdressers, or in a small salon serving a local community. You could also work in hotels, spas, health clubs, prisons and care homes, or on cruise ships, film sets or armed forces’ bases.

You may specialise in working with particular clients or techniques, like braiding and plaiting Afro-Caribbean hair or working in a men’s barber shop.

As a junior hairdresser, your tasks may include:

  • greeting customers
  • shampooing and conditioning hair
  • simple cutting
  • making sure towels and supplies are ready for use
  • keeping the salon clean and tidy

As a senior hairdresser you’ll talk to clients about how they want their hair done, give them advice and suggest style ideas.

Your tasks may include:

  • cutting and styling
  • colouring, perming or straightening
  • advising on minor hair and scalp problems
  • keeping client records, making appointments and taking payments
  • ordering materials and promoting sales to customers
  • keeping up to date with new trends, techniques and products
  • making sure that hair products containing chemicals are used and stored safely

SALARY

Starting

£14,000

Salaries will vary greatly depending on the location and type of salon.

Experienced

£14,000 – £24,000

Trainee hairdresser pay is usually based on the National Minimum Wage/ National Living Wage

HIGHLY Experienced

£30,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week, between 9am and 6pm. This will usually include Saturdays with a day off in the week. Some salons open late on weekday evenings.

You could also choose your own hours by working freelance. You could either rent space within a salon or visit customers in their own homes.

You’ll need a driving license and vehicle as a mobile hairdresser, or if you work in more remote locations like spas.

Career path & progression

With experience you could become a senior stylist or salon manager. With suitable further qualifications, you could also move into training or assessing.

You could also open your own salon.

Other options include wig making, training in make-up techniques and working in the theatre, film and television industries.

Apprenticeships in hairdressing/Barbering:

CourseQualificationLevelDurationPart/Full TimeApplication Procedure
Intermediate Apprenticeship in HairdressingHair Professional – Route 1 NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing.
Maths & English or equivalent
212 – 24 MonthsYou will be employed in a salon for 30 – 40 hours with a commitment to 20% off the job training.UCAS Careers advisor referral in person direct application via web site or email
Intermediate apprenticeship in BarberingHair Professional – Route 2 NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Barbering.
Maths & English or equivalent.
212 – 24 MonthsYou will be employed in a salon for 30 – 40 hours with a commitment to 20% off the job training.UCAS Careers advisor referral in person direct application via web site or email
Advanced apprenticeship in HairdressingL3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing. Maths and English or equivalent.312 – 24 MonthsYou will be employed in a salon for 30 – 40 hours with a commitment to 20% off the job training.UCAS Careers advisor referral in person direct application via web site or email
Advanced apprenticeship in BarberingL3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing. Maths and English or equivalent.312 – 24 MonthsYou will be employed in a salon for 30 – 40 hours with a commitment to 20% off the job training.UCAS Careers advisor referral in person direct application via web site or email

Traineeships in hairdressing/Barbering:

CourseLevelDurationFull/Part TimeQualificationHow to Apply
Introduction to Hairdressing and Barbering16 Weeks to
6 Months
College for 1 or 2 day and complete work experience at a salon. VTCT entry level award in employability skills.Careers advisor referral In person Direct application by website or email.

Hair and Beauty course for 14-16 year olds:

Year of StudyCourseLevelDurationQualificationHow to Apply
Year 1
(Year 10 or 11)
Diploma in Hair and Beauty Skills11 YearEntry level award in employability skillsExpression of interest form from school or via website
Year 2
(Year 11)
Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy21 YearVTCT VRQ Certificate (GCSE Equivalent)Expression of interest form from school or via website