FAQs for Students at the Hairdressing School Hertfordshire

What is a Hairdressing or Barbering Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is work based learning, you learn whilst at work and are employed by the company. As an employee you are entitled to a salary of £3.50 per hour if you are in your first year as an apprentice and then if you chose to continue onto an advanced apprenticeship you are entitled to minimum wage for your age. Apprenticeships are available for people aged 16-24. Apprentices get a real feel for the salon and how it is run allowing you to build up a realistic view of how things actually work rather than going to a main stream college.

Are there any entry requirements?

We prefer our students to have A-C GCSE English and Maths grades however these are not always necessary. Also if you have any industry experience this could work in your favour if you have done work experience in a salon or have part-time / Saturday work in a salon already.

Where does my hairdressers training take place?

All training for our apprentices takes place at The School Of Hairdressing which is based at the salon. 120-124 Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 1AE.

How many days training do I get per week?

You get one-day training per week this will cover theory, practical and any functional skills that you may have to cover. Usually you then work another four days during the week/weekend to cover the 30-hour minimum in the salon.

What are my working hours?

As a Hairdressing apprentice you have to complete a minimum of 30 hours in the salon per week. Depending on the salon you are at the may choose to offer you more than the 30 hour minimum but that is up to the individual salon. The actual days you are required to work is again down to the salon and this would be discussed at the time of interview.

How much do I get paid as a salon apprentice?

As in the previous question you are employed by the salon. They have to pay you a minimum of £3.40 per hour in your first year as an apprentice and then minimum wage for your age for the second year if you choose to progress onto an advanced apprenticeship.

What types of Hairdresser and Barber Apprenticeships are there?

We currently offer two different types of apprenticeships. Hairdressing and Barbering. In either of these there is Level 2 (Intermediate) and Level 3 (Advanced).

What is a Hairdressing Intermediate Apprenticeship and how long does it take to complete?

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is a City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing. This involves a number of different units (See below) including theory and practical sessions and functional skills. The course takes from 12 to 18 months to complete. More info on the units here

What is a Hairdressing Advanced Apprenticeship and how long does it take to complete?

An Advanced Apprenticeship is a City & Guilds NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing. This involves a number of different units (See below) including theory and practical sessions and functional skills. The course takes from 12 to 18 months to complete. More info on the units here

What is a Barbering Intermediate Apprenticeship and how long does it take to complete?

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is a City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 in Barbering. This involves a number of different units (see below) including theory and practical sessions and functional skills. The course takes from 12 to 18 months to complete. More info on the units here

What is a Barbering Advanced Apprenticeship and how long does it take to complete?

An Advanced Apprenticeship is a City & Guilds NVQ Level 3 in Barbering. This involves a number of different units (see below) including theory and practical sessions and functional skills. The course takes from 12 to 18 months to complete. More info on the units here

Do I need functional skills?

If you have completed your GCSEs in the past (2) years and achieved a grade C or above in English and Maths you do not need to complete your functional skills. If, however, you have either not achieved these grades or have done your GCSEs longer than (2) years ago you will have to complete this.

Do I have to take any exams?

Yes. Each unit that you choose to take has an exam at the end. You will be put in for each exam once your tutor feels you have the right level of knowledge to take each test.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments can only take place at The School of Hairdressing. You will be assessed by one of our qualified assessors at The School Of Hairdressing. They will assess you on theory and practical assessments. These will take place at The School Of Hairdressing on your training days and can also be done through the week at your placement where you will get allocated training sessions during the week.

What happens once I qualify as a hairdresser or barber?

On completion of your NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship you can continue onto an Advanced Apprenticeship (see details above) or you are ready to hit the salon floor as a Junior / Graduate Stylist. You can also use your qualification to progress onto senior staff at your salon building a busy client base, becoming a salon manager, working on cruise ships, doing creative work such as session styling and even becoming a teacher of hairdressing. The possibilities are endless.

Our Hairdresser Training School covers these areas –

Enfield, Barnet, Hatfield, Borehamwood, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage and Southgate.

 

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