Guidance

Hairdressing apprenticeships

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

This apprenticeship trains you in the basics of hairdressing. As a hairdressing apprentice, you’ll work as a salon junior, assisting senior staff while training as a junior stylist.

Training opportunities

Hairdressing includes:

  • booking appointments
  • shampooing
  • conditioning
  • drying and styling hair
  • mixing and applying hair colouring

You’ll study 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.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of hairdressing apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • junior stylist

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • stylist
  • hairdresser

Apply for a hairdressing apprenticeship

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

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