What is an
Apprenticeships enable you to practically learn your trade
as well as studying to gain the theory and enable you to receive
your qualification. They are aimed at young people aged 16
and over to enable them to earn money whilst gaining experience
in a hairdressing environment. An apprenticeship in hairdressing
will normally involve you working in the salon every day bar
one or two when you will be attending college. It can take
up to 5 years to qualify as a hairdresser so if you have the
patience and the commitment to keep at it then an apprenticeship
would be for you.
Why do an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship enables you to earn money whilst working
and gaining qualifications. You can use an apprenticeship
to gain NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) levels which
is what you need to become a qualified hairdresser. In addition
to that you will also gain how ever many years experience
in the practical environment as opposed to all that time studying
just the theory at college. Employers like to see that their
future employees are keen to learn and because of this salon
owners are usually very keen to take on apprentices.
Will I enjoy an apprenticeship?
When thinking about undertaking a hairdressing apprenticeship,
you should be certain that this is the career path you wish
to take. You need to be really focussed to be successful and
know that you will need to put in the work and organise your
time really well. You must be prepared to be responsible for
balancing your time at work with studying in order to get
the most out of it; you can’t just work in the salon and not
go to college because this doesn’t meet the requirements of
partaking in an apprenticeship scheme. You should also be
prepared to be able to work as part of a team and as an individual.
How long does an apprenticeship take?
This can vary from 1 year to 5; it is dependent on the contract
you have drawn up with your employer and on your own ability
How do I apply to become an apprentice?
You can call the National Apprenticeships Helpline on 08000
150600. They will provide you with information as to where
your nearest opportunities are and advise you on the career
you wish to take. They will have access to many employers
and be able to advise you on where learning providers are
in your area.
You can also get in touch with employers directly and ask
them if they take on apprentices or would be interested in
doing so. If they do, then they will probably arrange to meet
you as they would a proper employee and interview you to ensure
you would be a good investment for them to make.
Use the internet as a tool to help you find where takes on
apprentices in your area. Additionally, look in your local
newspaper and visit your nearest job centre. You have to make
sure you choose the right apprentice scheme to embark upon
as well so look upon it as finding a job. Make sure you do
your research before applying to ensure that you would be
happy working there if you got offered the apprentice.