This is a professional apprenticeship standard and qualification awarded by City & Guilds for learners working in a commercial salon.
You will gain a broad understanding of the hairdressing industry together with essential skills and knowledge, including transferable skills in areas like communication and customer care which are increasingly important to employers.
To support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills, you will also develop your skills in maths and English.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need:
You will have an interview and initial assessment in English and maths. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. A small portfolio of your work will be required at the interview or taster day. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.
The qualification is assessed as learners progress through their apprenticeship programme. The final part of the qualification is the end-point assessment.
Apart from the end-point assessment, all assessment will be carried out by the training provider/centre as specified by the awarding organisations. The end-point assessment is carried out by an independent apprenticeship examiner at the end of the apprenticeship, similar to a trade test.
Apprenticeships will be graded at Pass or Distinction level depending on the learner's performance in the end-point assessment.
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Former hair apprentice Katie Weeds opened her own salon within a year of qualifying via Derby College – at the age of just 19.
Now running the Katie Weeds 1853 Hair Design Studio in Belper, she had set her heart on launching a hairdressing business ever since taking a Saturday job in a salon. After leaving school, she started an apprenticeship with a local hairdresser and completed her NVQs in October 2014.
She praises the College’s training facilities and the supportive, encouraging staff. She also enjoyed interesting assignments such as creating styles for a 1960s avant-garde photo shoot.
Given her business success so far, Katie’s long-term plan is to open more salons and then franchise the Katie Weeds name.
Taking an apprenticeship gave me the hands-on training I needed to be able to qualify as a hair stylist and open my own salon. What I love most about my job is making people feel better about themselves.