Hairdressing Apprenticeships


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.

Hair Professional level 2

The new standard Hair Professional qualification has been designed and trialled by employers to ensure shop-floor ready qualified staff at a level 2 standard. There is a new holistic approach and trend to the qualification, where full services will have a mandatory End-Point Assessment (EPA).  Theory training with City & Guilds external evolve on-line exams in each unit will be delivered by IFL training consultants, practical will be taught by the employer and assessed by a qualified assessor in line with the qualification requirements. City & Guilds EPA will certificate learners once they have passed the gateway and passed the final End-Point Assessment.   By the end of approximately 24 – 30 months level 2 apprentices will be able to offer full services in a commercial salon.

During the apprenticeship you will cover mandatory units

  • Consultation skills
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Cut hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
  • Style and finish hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
  • Colour and lighten hair using a variety of techniques

Optional units

  • Perming hair
  • Hair relaxing treatments and techniques
  • Hair extension services

We are awaiting the New Standard Hair Professional Level 3 qualification.

NVQ Diploma Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

We are currently offering this qualification to apprentices who have completed the NVQ foundation level 2 apprenticeship in hairdressing.  There are external evolve online exams for each unit. Advanced apprentices will be upskilling from the basic techniques to incorporate restyling and colour correction units together with a higher standard of hairdressing according to the NVQ level 3 requirements.  This There is no EPA for this qualification which should take between 12-24 months.

During the qualification you will cover mandatory units

  • Creatively style and dress hair
  • Provide consultation services
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
  • Creatively colour and lighten hair

Optional units include

  • Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business
  • Contribute the planning and implementation of promotional activities
  • Hair colour correction services
  • Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills
  • Gents cutting

Other Apprenticeships


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