Working in hairdressing involves booking appointments, shampooing and cutting hair, mixing and applying hair colours and very good customer service.  Successful hairdressing apprentices can go on to

  • become a stylist in a top Merseyside or UK salon
  • enter the fashion industry and photographic professions
  • work abroad or on cruise ships
  • work in film, television and media production
  • enter teaching and training professions
  • become a technician for top companies like Wella, L’Oreal or Schwarzkopf

All Apprenticeships at tpm are individually planned to suit each student’s needs, ability and preferred learning styles.


Is hairdressing for me?

Hairdressing is a busy, creative, fashion and people-centred industry. Those who typically succeed are creative and energetic individuals with artistic flair. You’ll need excellent punctuality and attendance, good communication skills and enjoy meeting many different people.

Can I get funding to do an Apprenticeship?

Individuals aged 16 to 18 are usually funded by the government to do Apprenticeships. If you’re over 18 you can still do an apprenticeship but you might have to find alternative funding such as employer sponsorship. If you’re over 19, you might be entitled to a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your course fees.

Funding: who pays for my Apprenticeship?


What qualifications do I need to start?

You don’t need formal qualifications but you will be expected to achieve Maths and English at the relevant level to your Apprenticeship, if you have not achieved GCSE or Functional Maths and English at school. If necessary your training will develop these skills further. All training is planned to suit your individual needs, ability and learning preferences.

If you don’t yet have the skills needed to go straight onto an Apprenticeship, you may be suitable for our Traineeships programme. This gives 16-18 year old people the skills to progress onto an Apprenticeship.


How does an Apprenticeship work?

As a hairdressing apprentice you are employed and undertake paid work in a local salon, whilst training. Your training will last typically 14-20 months. You’ll complete NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing and Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and English where these have not already been achieved. These are essential for a successful hairdressing career.

You may also undertake short courses in subjects such as safety on the internet and equality and diversity. The rest of your working week will be spent on the job in your salon, learning practical skills from professionals.


What does the training involve?

You will attend our state-of-the-art training centre, usually every Tuesday for half a day a week.  Training will include all aspects of hairdressing such as:

  • cleansing and conditioning
  • cutting and styling
  • colouring and perming
  • customer care
  • health and safety

The rest of your working week will be spent on the job in your salon, learning practical skills from professionals.

What will I gain?

As well as your qualifications you’ll gain strong interpersonal and practical hairdressing skills on an Apprenticeship. You’ll have fun participating in hair shows, live demonstrations and hands-on activities whilst learning about respecting people and cultures. After your Apprenticeship you’ll be a qualified hairdresser with the skills needed to work in a salon or in any other associated job roles.

What career progression opportunities are there?

Once qualified, we’ll offer you support and encouragement if you wish to progress onto one of our advanced courses such as the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship or Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing. You may also be interested in a Barbering course as most high-street salons now offer mens-grooming. These qualifications will give you the advanced technical skills of the most successful hairdressers. Beyond this, if you’re interested in salon management or starting your own business we can help you progress to Level 4 qualifications and higher education courses such as foundation degrees.

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