Barbering and Hairdressing Apprenticeships


Barbering Apprenticeships is for those interested in cutting and styling the hair of men and boys.  You’ll also learn about other issues related to barbering, like hygiene, disposing of chemicals and working in a team.  With men putting almost as much effort into their appearances as women these days, the demand for skilled barbers to cut and style hair is on the rise.

On this Apprenticeship, you’ll learn how to give client consultations, cut hair, trim and shape facial hair, shampoo and condition the hair and scalp. You could also choose to learn how to colour hair or cut basic patterns in hair.

If you take this as an Advanced Level Apprenticeship you may learn how to carry out a shave or provide facial massage.

You’ll be on your feet and working to please all sorts of customers, so a friendly nature and good sense of humour will come in handy. Your own appearance will also be important, since customers will want to know that creating a good impression matters to you.


Hairdressing Apprenticeships covers all the basics of hairdressing. As a Hairdressing apprentice, you’ll work as a salon junior, assisting senior staff while training as a junior stylist.

Duties are likely to include booking appointments, shampooing, conditioning, drying and styling hair, mixing and applying hair colouring. You’ll study hairdressing topics such as hair and skin testing, the effects of chemicals on hair and skin, and the principles of hair colour selection – there’s also the option to learn about promoting products, perming, or relaxing different types of hair.

Advanced apprentices take their learning a step further by developing their cutting and colouring skills so they can carry out all the latest fashion techniques – and maybe even determine the fashion looks of the future.

On this Apprenticeship you’ll spend a lot of time on your feet, and it’s important that you look smart (and have an even better hairstyle). Good communication plays a role, too – you’ll need to understand exactly what your customer wants in order to make them happy.

Apprenticeship and Training Courses

Area Level Course Duration
Barbering Unit Accreditation 2 & 3 Various
Barbering 2 18 Months
Barbering 3 14 Months
Hairdressing Unit Accreditation 2 & 3 Various
Hairdressing 2 18 Months
Hairdressing 3 14 Months

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