If you are looking to get into the hairdressing industry, apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to get the training you need while getting paid. What better way to learn about hairdressing than being up on your feet, and learning from the experienced salon stars around you!
When you first start a hairdressing apprenticeship (level 2), you can expect a role as a junior stylist. As you progress through to the advanced levels (level 3), you will be taking on more complex tasks and responsibilities to learn all the skills you need.
Want to know what a hairdressing apprenticeship will involve day to day? Read on!
Develop Cutting Edge Skills
When you first start your apprenticeship, of course, you won’t be given a pair of scissors and told to start cutting straight away (wouldn’t that be scary for customers!). You’ll first learn the ropes by taking on tasks such as assisting stylists, shampooing and applying treatments to hair, and preparing colour mixes. In the early stages, you will be shadowing your colleagues, learning about their techniques, and practising them later on mannequins.
As you push on to your advanced levels and gain confidence, you will cut customer’s hair using a combination of techniques, as well as colouring and lightening hair. You’ll also learn plenty of things about promoting different products, along with perming and relaxing hair using different chemicals. The apprenticeship is a real opportunity for you to get involved with an established salon, grow your skill set, and perhaps even design some of the fashionable cuts of the future!
Becoming a Social Butterfly
Obviously, a large amount of this role will involve working with customers, and ensuring the salon is prepared to suit their needs. Eventually, with day to day interactions, you will become more confident when dealing with customer needs through an apprenticeship.
With experience, you’ll figure out the types who like to have their hair cut in silence after a long day at work, and those who will chat to you all day. This means that your ability to adapt to each person (and conversation) will be really beneficial, and your listening skills will ensure that each customer gets the look they want.
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Supplying Law and Order
Of course, no job goes without its share of grafting! It will be one of your many tasks as an apprentice to ensure the salon is clean and tidy – there’s nothing more off-putting for a customer than an unhygienic, messy salon.
This will include sweeping hair (of course), cleaning mirrors, and making sure salon stock is at a required level. Dealing with the administration side is a demanding job at times, but it has to be done!
Being Front of House
Most salons will have a dedicated receptionist on-hand, however, a small part of your apprenticeship will involve reception duties, perhaps filling in for the full time receptionist when they are away.
This will include tasks such as operating the till, meeting and greeting clients, and adding to the customer experience by providing drinks. Not only that, but your organisational skills will be challenged by taking new appointments over the phone and in person.
Alongside your workplace experience, you will of course gain practical knowledge through your apprenticeship studies to achieve a multitude of styles. Balancing your studies with your full time apprenticeship can be tricky, but you will be assigned an expert tutor to help you through it, and ensure you’re progressing at a pace to suit you.
Click here to read about all the hairdressing and barbering qualifications we offer, and what each level involves.
The Learner Experience…
Now we know what the apprenticeship experience will involve, what kind of doors will it open up?
Danielle Mcstravick started her apprenticeship at the Babington Group in November 2015, and has just completed her level 3 hairdressing qualification. After achieving the skills she needs, Danielle is now excited to progress onto the Level 3 in Barbering.
Backed up by her experiences, Danielle won the National Hairdressers’ Federation Britain’s Best 2016 award in the bridal and glamorous hair categories, which included a magazine photo shoot. On top of that, she shows all the eagerness an apprentice needs by keeping up to date with trends within the industry.
When asked about her apprenticeship, Danielle said: ‘I really enjoy being creative in this role and expressing myself when I’m hairdressing. I’ve really enjoyed my training, and it’s pushing me further towards my goal to open my own salon.
‘My training advisor Janine has been amazing. She has pushed me along and set realistic targets for me to achieve and offered lots of help and advice that I will take with me for years to come. It has been a pleasure doing my apprenticeship training with her.’