Hairdressing traineeship

At Realise we want to give young people aged 16-18 the chance to kick start their career with our hairdressing traineeship programme.

hairdressing traineeship taking place on a hairdressing dummy
Course overview

At a glance




8 weeks



About the course

Realise traineeships are delivered by sector experts who understand
what it’s like to start out in the hairdressing or barbering sector.

You will work 3 days a week for 8 weeks.

You will receive expert advice and guidance throughout your
traineeship. Moreover, alongside your Level 1 qualification you will also receive a VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Developing Employability Skills.

Is this course right for you?

If you want to start your hairdressing career, develop your skills and explore the hairdressing world, but you don’t know where to start, this traineeship is ideal for you.

The aim of the traineeship course is to prepare you for a bright future. At the end of the programme, your placement employer will need to offer you one of the below:

• An interview for a job role (if one is available); or
• Meaningful written feedback to help secure an apprenticeship or other employment.

So in summary, if you’re looking to gain work experience and enter the employment market – we would love to hear from you!

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

Jill Bastable, The Little Hair Studio

Joth Davies -

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

George Wish -

Realise’s course has been a fantastic way for my trainee to identify if Barbering was what he really wanted to do.

George Wish, Owner and Manager of The Mardy Barbers

I have enjoyed working alongside other barbers and being part of a team, as well as learning on the job.

Sam who completed his traineeship with The Mardy Barbers

What you’ll learn

As a trainee you will learn the fundamental basics of hairdressing which you will be able to immediately apply in the workplace.

Topics include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Professional behaviours
  • Assisting with reception duties
  • Assisting with colouring or shaving
  • Shampooing
  • VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Developing Employability Skills

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

The course is an 8 week programme where you will complete weekly sessions with your training and development officer. These will be a mixture of both remote and face to face sessions and they will involve sitting end of unit exams for shampooing and assisting with colour services.

You will do training with the salon each week, as well as carrying out an interview at the half-way stage of the course to help develop the your interview skills.

Our experts

The people that make it happen


Internal quality assessor


Internal quality assessor

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!


Performance manager


Performance manager

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.

Frequently asked questions

What does a trainee hairdresser do?

A trainee hairdresser will gain experience within a real-life hairdressing salon, whilst studying towards an entry level qualification. Typical tasks include tidying and organising the salon, greeting customers, shampooing hair and shadowing stylists.

Can you do a hairdressing apprenticeship without going to college?

Yes, you can absolutely do a hairdressing apprenticeship without going to college. In fact, many of our apprentices prefer to learn ‘on the job’ as they can learn and put their skills into practice straight away, all whilst earning a wage.

What skills do you need for hairdressing?

The most important skills are being a good communicator, as well as being passionate and enthusiastic. Realise can work with you to gain the skills you will need to become a brilliant hairdresser.

What is a level 1 stylist?

A level 1 qualification prepares people to work within the hairdressing and barbering industry. Those working at level 1 will often advance to a level 2 paid apprenticeship.

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!