Hairdressing & Barbering

Hairdressing & Barbering

Are you looking to start an exciting career in hairdressing or barbering?  Do you want to become a forward thinking, trend-setting stylist and part of the future generation of talent? If so, our superior apprenticeship programmes could be perfect for you.

Undertaking one of our apprenticeships will allow you to achieve a high quality, internationally recognised qualification, at the same time as earning a wage and getting on-the-job experience.

Along with your employer, our highly qualified training team will provide the relevant skills in order to meet the ever changing industry and keep you at the forefront of the hairdressing or barbering sector.

To become a hairdresser or barber, you need to have good customer service skills. You’ll need creativity and an awareness of current trends. You’ll also need a willingness to learn new techniques and methods.

You can be employed in a variety of settings, from small salons to large enterprises with the ability to progress into an array of future opportunities (e.g. working on cruise ships, session work, TV and much more). These skills will stay with you forever and travel with you on your journey.

Inspire, educate and succeed.

What you’ll be doing

Training and development takes place during this part of the apprenticeship, which includes a qualification.

The on programme learning for this apprenticeship is mainly through the on the job experience with a salon environment, focused on gaining the knowledge and demonstrating the skills in several core areas

20% off the job is required and is covered with theory delivery, shadowing, mentoring and coaching at our sites and in the workplace.

Within the standard two distinct occupational routes are available:


Shampoo, condition and treat the hair
Cut hair
Style and finish
Colour hair
Perm/ extension/ relax


Shampoo, condition and treat hair
Style and finish men’s hair
Cut facial hair
Shaving services

Mandatory qualification:

A Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing/Barbering), is started in the on-programme stage, and completed at end-point assessment. In additional to completing all the on-programme assessment requirements for the Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing/Barbering), a range of core behaviours will also be developed.

These could include: a good awareness of health and safety, evidence of being able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, effective communication with colleagues and members of the public and an exceptional level of customer care.

Functional skills.

Apprentices without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment


Learners must have completed all the on-programme assessment requirements for the Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing/Barbering) and achieved the required level of English and maths before being put forward for the end-point assessment.

End point assessment

The end-point assessment demonstrates that the apprentice can perform in a fully competent, holistic and productive way.

The end-point assessment is carried out by an Independent Assessment Examiner, appointed by the assessment organisation, who will observe the learner carrying out a practical assessment of the mandatory skills set out in the Hair Professional standard.

The Independent Assessment Examiner will also ask questions while the practical assessment is taking place to ensure that the knowledge and behaviours contained within the Hair Professional standards are also assessed.

You will demonstrate that they can complete a range of services on at least two models to industry standards and within commercial timings.

Your consultation skills, communication skills, safe working practices, professionalism, values and behaviours will also be assessed by oral questioning.

How do you get into the Industry?

To have a successful career in Hairdressing or Barbering you need drive and motivation to help you constantly improve and update your personal and technical skills, in order to stay ahead of emerging trends and fashions.

Typical skills required include:

•    Good communication skills
•    Confident and outgoing
•    Well presented
•    Creative

Further Progression

On completion of this Apprenticeship, you may wish to progress onto further advanced Hair qualifications or depending on your job role Total People offer Apprenticeships in Customer Service and Management.