IFL offers a unique combination of open learning or classroom-based routes into a worthwhile career path. A traineeship will give you a taster pre-apprenticeship introduction to the world of hairdressing, whilst working alongside professionals to inspire you in a real salon working environment. You will have the opportunity to progress to an apprenticeship in your chosen career where you will experience a well-rounded commercially viable apprenticeship experience. Apprentices develop the key techniques, knowledge and the skills needed in the industry through practical training and backed up by theoretical knowledge. Further progression to salon trainer/assessor or career progression to television/theatre or cruise ships.


Traineeships are flexible and tailored short courses, which are adapted to the needs of employers and the young people.  Traineeships enable classroom learning together with developing new skills in a vocational environment. This ensures that the learner is both work-ready and on the right career path before progressing on to an Apprenticeship.

Training costs are met by government, and during the traineeship the work experience provider can pay for lunch and travel to and from work and the provider.

The traineeship work experience should last for a minimum of 100 hours with a maximum of 240 hours over a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of 6 months. During this time the work experience placement maybe changed.


Apprenticeships are vocational-based jobs with both on the job and off the job training.  Learners will also receive training in Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR), Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and, where applicable, Functional Skills in English and Maths.  Practical training will be assessed in the workplace, although training will take place at work or if the apprentice attends we offer some basic practical training on block heads in our training centre to back up salon delivery.

IFL offer a unique combination of classroom based or open-learning routes, alongside real salon working experience to ensure all learners receive a well-rounded commercially viable apprenticeship experience.

Additional Notes


Apprenticeship qualifications are fully funded for 16-18-year-old, with a mandatory employer contribution for any apprentice over 19 years.

Apprentices over 19 years can be paid the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW) for the first 12 months of the apprenticeship.


Functional Skills

In line with Apprenticeship Funding Rules for training providers, progression towards and attainment of approved level 2 English and maths is an important part of the apprenticeship programme. For those undertaking a level 3 or higher apprenticeship, it is a requirement they should hold or achieve an approved level 2 in both subjects before they can successfully complete the apprenticeship.

On commencement of an apprenticeship learners will undertake a Functional Skills Initial Assessment to determine the appropriate level of English and maths to be completed. Functional Skills qualifications are fully funded by the ESFA.

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