Guidance

Barbering apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the barbering sector.

This apprenticeship trains you to cut and style the hair of men and boys. If you are interested in also working on female hair you should look at the hairdressing apprenticeship.

Training opportunities

On this apprenticeship you’ll also learn about (and be tested on) other issues related to barbering such as:

  • hygiene
  • disposing of chemicals
  • working in a team
  • giving client consultations
  • cutting hair
  • how to trim and shape facial hair
  • how to shampoo and condition hair and scalp
  • colouring hair
  • cutting 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.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of barbering apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • junior barber

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • barber
  • senior barber

Apply for a barbering apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education