Hairdressing professional apprenticeship

This is the perfect training programme for those looking to launch a bright career as a hairdressing professional, whilst gaining experience and an industry recognised qualification along the way!

Female hairdresser blow drying her client
Course overview

At a glance

Level

2

Duration

20 months

Location

Workplace

About the course

This qualification is designed to reflect the needs of the modern hairdressing industry. It’s led by our team of industry experts and provides in-salon training to provide the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to get ahead in the world of hairdressing, such as:

  • Cutting hair
  • Styling and finishing hair
  • Colouring techniques

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 hairbrushes.

Is this course right for you?

This apprenticeship is ideal if you have a passion for hairdressing and want to develop the skills needed to be a successful and talented hairdresser.

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

Our most successful apprentices are good team players with a desire to learn and develop new skills. They generally have creative flair, 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 salon environment, and apply new skills within a workplace, rather than 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

When the opportunity to complete my Level 3 qualification came up, I jumped at the chance.

Jill Bastable, The Little Hair Studio

What you’ll learn

As a hair 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
  • Hair cutting techniques
  • Style and finish
  • Colouring and lightening
  • Perming
  • Hair relaxing and treatments
  • Extension services

Need more information?

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How you’ll learn

You’ll receive a comprehensive, salon-focussed training programme delivered by a passionate team of industry experienced and expert trainers. We deliver a blended learning programme in-salon 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 such as Chris Foster
  • 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

Adele

Training & development officer

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Adele

Training & development officer

I have worked in hairdressing and barbering all my life. I come from a family of barbers and I have owned salons for the last 10 years. Hairdressing and barbering is my absolute passion and when you love what you do, you never really work. I started with Realise in 2021 as a trainer for hairdressing and barbering. I have previously delivered these qualifications at colleges. I love passing on my knowledge and passion to our learners entering the industry. I thoroughly enjoy my role and working with such an amazing team with the same passion as myself.
Julia

Training & development officer

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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.

Anna

Performance manager

Natalie

Training & development officer

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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.

Sherrel

Training & development officer

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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!

Lisa

Training & development officer

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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.

Frequently asked questions

What do level 2 hairdressers do?
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Typically, a level 2 hairdressing qualification is the qualification which most hairdressers hold. Level 2 hairdressers will be develop and gain a strong knowledge of cutting, colouring, hair types and customer service.

What is level 2 hairdressing?
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The level 2 hairdressing qualification is a work-based programme which teaches the skills needed to be a component hairdresser.

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

How much does level 2 hairdressing cost?
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The level 2 course is employer funded, which means that learners will never be expected to pay towards their qualifications. The course can be 95% funded by the government or paid through the apprenticeship levy.

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