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Hairdressing Apprenticeships

Looking for a Hairdressing apprenticeship in Kent? Earn while you learn at MidKent College.

Do you enjoy meeting new people, and have a passion for style and beauty? If you combine this with a good work ethic, a career in hairdressing is for you.

Develop skills that could see you working locally in a reputable salon, or take you around the world on shoots or cruise ships. You’ll learn how to advise clients on the perfect style for them, as well as making a positive impression of yourself.

What will I learn?

A Hairdressing apprenticeship is diverse and offers you a chance to channel your creative flair into styling and colouring. You’ll gain hands-on experience in a professional environment such as colouring, setting, dressing, shampooing and finishing. Your communication and organisation skills will also improve through salon reception training.

You’ll also study English and maths at a level to suit you. All hairdressers will need to communicate effectively with clients, order stock and calculate pricing.

How will I be assessed?

Your dedicated training officer will assess most of your learning in your workplace. You’ll also be assessed in English and maths, at an appropriate level to you.

What will I get from an Hairdressing apprenticeship?

  • A nationally recognised qualification
  • GCSEs in English and maths (dependent on previous level of qualification)
  • Relevant and applicable industry experience
  • Once fully qualified, hairdressers earn on average £14,000-£30,000 per year.*

How much do apprentices earn?

Employers must provide their apprentices with a contract of employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week, which should include your attendance at College. The National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage is £3.70 per hour, but this can be increased at the discretion of your employer. Find out more about the National Minimum Wage here

What careers are available?

  • Salon manager
  • Hairdresser
  • Film set stylist
  • Creative stylist
  • Colour technologist.

Why choose MidKent College?

An apprenticeship with MidKent College will equip you with all of the skills you need to become a qualified hairdressing professional. Our apprenticeship advisers can also help you to find an apprenticeship vacancy with a local employer – check out the latest vacancies available now.

We work with trusted local businesses to ensure that what you learn on your apprenticeship is relevant, up-to-date and accurate.

Find out more

Apply for local vacancies here.

How much do hairdressing salon managers get paid?**

Once qualified, hairdressing salon managers can expect to initially earn £18,000-£24,000 per year. After they have gained more experienced, they can expect to earn £25,000-£30,000 per year.

Is there demand for hairdressers?

Yes, from self-employed stylists to salon hairdressers and managers, the choice is yours. You could always choose to specialise further such as by learning how to braid and plait Afro-Caribbean hair, create fantastic updos for brides or learn barbering techniques.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

Choose the level of Hairdressing apprenticeship that is most appropriate to you from the selection of programmes above. A level 2 apprenticeship is approximately equivalent to GCSE, level 3 to A level and level 4 to degree level. Select “Apply online”, register your email address and then complete the required details.

You’ll need to meet set entry requirements, and we’ll invite you in for an interview, and possibly an assessment, depending on the level. But it’s nothing to worry about! We welcome applicants from those who already have an employer willing to sponsor them, as well as helping those looking for employment. You can view local apprenticeship vacancies here.

We also offer Hairdressing study programmes here.

Contact us

Need helping finding an employer or applying for an apprenticeship? Contact our apprenticeship advisers today by email or by phoning 01634 383322.

Not sure if an apprenticeship is for you? Contact our careers team today.


**https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/hairdressing-salon-manager