Barbering professional apprenticeship

Barbering is the perfect choice for creative minded individuals looking to gain financial and artistic freedom. This programme offers hands-on experience coupled with an industry recognised qualification to give you the perfect start to your career.

Course overview

At a glance

Level

2

Duration

20 months

Location

Workplace

About the course

This programme has been crafted to meet the needs of today’s modern barbering industry. It aims to teach you the skills, knowledge and behaviours that you’ll need to launch yourself into the barbering profession.

Throughout the programme, you’ll be guided by barbering industry experts who will coach you through a range of ‘must-have’ skills, including:

  • Client consultations
  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • Safe working practices
  • Client care
  • Shaving services

Throughout the apprenticeship we’ll also help you to build the kit needed for your development and progression as you move through the different stages of the programme including blockhead units and clippers.

Is this course right for you?

This apprenticeship is ideal if you have a passion for creativity and barbering. You’ll also want to develop the skills needed to be a successful and talented barbering professional.

It is a great programme for those new to the industry or for those already working at a junior level within a barber shop who have some experience but who want their professional competencies validated by a formal and professional qualification.

Our most successful apprentices are good team players with a thirst to learn and develop new skills. They generally have creative flair with the vision and customer communication skills to both inspire and interpret customer’s hairstyles and grooming regimes.

The apprenticeship works really well for those who wish to learn and earn within a live barber shop environment and apply new skills within the workplace, rather than a college environment.

When you are a Realise apprentice, the learning is in your hands. You can use everything you learn at work, it’s very hands on!

Sean, The Mardy Barbers

Emma Peel from Nottinghamshire

Apprenticeships are a great way of learning and soon you will be putting yourself out there more than you ever have before!

Emma Peel, Richo’s Hair and Beauty Boutique

We have found Realise to be the most professional company that we have ever dealt with for our apprenticeship needs.

Joth Davies, Owner of Savills Barbers

Realise have been really supportive of myself and my shop. The trainers are very friendly and always help me and my apprentice.

George Wish, Owner and Manager of The Mardy Barbers

What you’ll learn

As a barbering professional there are core skills you will need to have to be able successfully work within this sector. You’ll complete a series of learning activities covering:

  • Salon professionalism and behaviours
  • Client care
  • Reception duties
  • Safe working practices including the use of equipment, materials and products
  • Client consultation
  • Shampoo and conditioning
  • Style and finish
  • Barbering cutting techniques- clipper and razor cutting
  • Facial hair shaping
  • Shaving services

 

Need more information?

No problem. It doesn’t matter if your query is big or small, our teams are here to help. Just complete a quick enquiry form and we’ll be in contact soon to assist you with your query.

How you’ll learn

You’ll receive a comprehensive, barber shop- focussed training programme delivered by a passionate team of industry experienced and expert trainers. We deliver a blended learning programme in-shop and scheduled around the business needs which includes:

  • 1-2-1 workplace visits once every three weeks with one of our expert trainers
  • Webinars and leading insight from industry experts
  • Partnership working to shape the programme with your employer
  • E-books and online resources including worksheets and videos to enable independent and flexible learning enhancements
  • Practical skills assessments and observations carried out in your salon environment
  • Reflective learning and through portfolio evidence
  • Off the job training – including work shadowing, practice on block heads and models, product and technique research activities
  • Progress reviews, including a pre-gateway and final gateway review
  • End point assessment preparation and support
  • Support from English and Maths specialists if required

Our experts

The people that make it happen

Amber

Head of hair & barbering

close
Amber

Head of hair & barbering

I have been in this role for 13 years and love everything about it. Working with such inspirational, highly skilled and passionate people in the team is a massive highlight. Watching learners achieve the qualifications to an extremely high standard and then go on to higher qualifications or even opening own business is what it is all about. I’m very proud to work for such a forward thinking, diverse and a company that puts it staff at the forefront of everything
Julia

Training & development officer

close
Julia

Training & development officer

I have worked at Realise for 16 years and still counting! I am a trainer and I see different learners and employers every day, no two days are the same. I have taught so many learners to gain new skills and progress to owning their own salons and barbers. I really enjoy my work, still having hands on with the practical training and growing relationships with many talented hairdressers and barbers.

Sherrel

Training & development officer

close
Sherrel

Training & development officer

I have been in the hair and barbering industry for over 21 years. I have always had a real passion for teaching with quality at the heart of what I do. It’s the best feeling seeing the end result for a learner, after working with them throughout their journey.
I am currently the lead trainer for our new advanced and creative hairdressing level 3, it’s an amazing qualification and I’m proud to be delivering it and to have played a part in developing it!

Natalie

Training & development officer

close
Natalie

Training & development officer

I have worked at Realise for 6 years as a trainer within the hair and barbering sector. I have recenly also taken on the roles of social values champion and safeguarding and wellbeing deputy. I love what I do and have a great passion for hairdressing and also supporting other people. My passion is being able to deliver apprenticeships to learners and seeing them develop from having no knowledge or skills to then thriving in the industry as confident and fully qualified hairdressers and barbers.

Lisa

Training & development officer

close
Lisa

Training & development officer

I am a highly motivated and conscientious individual with vast experience as a hairdresser and trainer. I also have many years of experience in customer service and the training of others within a school and college environment and as a manager at professional ownership level. I love my work as a trainer and take great pleasure in watching learners grow in confidence as they learn new skills, knowledge and behaviors that will give them the chance to succeed in their chosen career.

Anna

close
Anna

I am a qualified hair and barbering trainer, having worked in the industry for 20 years – running my own mobile business and as a salon manager, before becoming an assessor I completed my foundation degree in salon business management, going on to complete BA honours in business management. I started at Realise 6 years ago as an assessor, gained promotion in May 2020 to curriculum development officer – developing all our teaching resources and in April 2021 I was promoted to senior training and development officer.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to complete a barbering course?
arrow_forward_ios

Typically, it takes around 14 months to complete your training to be a barber. However this can  vary depending on individual circumstances and if functional skills such as Maths and English are required.

Is barbering hard to learn?
arrow_forward_ios

Barbering is a skilled profession. To become a reputable barber, it takes years of training, hard work and research. To be a successful barber you will need to develop keep knowledge and skills such as an understanding of cutting angles and blending.

How much does a trainee barber earn?
arrow_forward_ios

The pay for an apprentice barber is set by the employer. The national minimum wage for apprentices is a hourly rate of £4.30. The wage will never be less than the minimum wage set by the government, however some employers may choose to pay more than this.

What should I know before becoming a barber?
arrow_forward_ios

Before becoming a barber, it’s important to understand that the role can be fast-paced, full on and you will spend your days on your feet. You’ll also need to be a great communicator and happy to learn the technique elements of the job such as cutting angles. This isn’t for everyone, but for a hairdresser, it’s the best job there is out there.

Ready to take the next step?

Let’s talk. You’re only a few clicks away from enquiring about this course. Don’t delay, get in touch and start something exciting today!