Apprentice FAQ's


What are the entry requirements?

There are two main requirements to starting an apprenticeship at Philips Hair Academy
1. Ideally, you should have GSCE Maths and English at grade 4 or grade C and above, though under some circumstances, we can offer support to those who were graded 1-3 or D and below.
2. You must be employed in a hairdressing salon for at least 30 hours per week.
3. You must be employed in a hairdressing salon for at least 30 hours per week.

What skills do you need?

You should be:

• Creative
• Passionate
• Good with people
• Fashion focused/well presented
• Willing to learn

What will you do at the academy?

Your Academy training day will generally be split into two sections; theory and practical. In theory sessions, you will learn all the underpinning knowledge you need to become a hairdresser.

In the practical sessions, you will put your knowledge in to practice and learn the hairdressing techniques. Although you will begin the course using a tuition block to develop your skills, you will progress to working on real people in a salon environment very quickly.

What will you do at work?

As a hairdressing apprentice, your tasks may include:

• greeting customers
• shampooing hair
• simple cutting
• making sure towels and supplies are ready for use
• keeping the salon clean and tidy

As a senior hairdresser, you'd talk to clients about how they want their hair done, give them advice and suggest style ideas.

Your tasks may include:

• shampooing and conditioning
• cutting and styling
• colouring, perming or straightening
• advising on minor hair and scalp problems
• making appointments and handling payments
• ordering materials
• making sure that hair products containing chemicals are used and stored safely
• You could specialise in working with particular clients or techniques, like in a men's barber shop or pressing, braiding and plaiting Afro-Caribbean hair.

What will you earn?

As an apprentice hairdresser, your pay is normally based on the Apprentice National Minimum Wage. If you are aged 16 – 18 or you are 19 and in the first year of your apprenticeship, you will receive at least £3.50 per hour.

What can I do after my apprenticeship?

It is always advisable to achieve qualifications to the highest level, to ensure you have the best chance of success and progressing in the industry; consequently, we would always advise you to continue onto a more advanced programme after achieving your apprenticeship.

With experience, you could become a senior stylist or salon manager or even own your own salon or freelance business.

With further qualifications, you could also move into teaching, training or assessing.

Other options include working on a cruise ship, session styling, working in theatre or film and television industries, wig making, or training in make-up techniques to enhance your skills; the list really is endless.

A typical career path journey may look this:

1. Hair Professional Level 2 - Stylist
2. Barbering Professional Level 2 - Stylist
3. Advanced qualification in Hairdressing Level 3 - Senior Stylist
4. Further qualifications in Hairdressing Level 4 - Salon Manger/Salon Owner/Colour Technician/ Extensions Technician
5. Assessing in the salon or workplace
6. Teaching
7. Internal Quality Assurer
8. External Quality Assurer (City and Guilds)
9. Ofsted Inspector

What should you do next?

If you are still interested in becoming a hairdressing apprentice, there are several ways that you can apply:

• You can apply online through ‘Recruit and apprentice.gov’
• You can download an application form and send it to us.
• You can complete an application on the website and submit it.
• You can give us a call or email us.

What should I do next if I am still at school?

If you are in year 10…

• Let us know you are interested
• Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter
• Come to one of our open days
• Complete work experience in a salon
• Get a Saturday job in a salon

If you are in year 11…

• Apply through UCAS, recruit an apprentice.gov or complete our application form
• Attend a taster day
• Get a Saturday job in a salon
• Speak to us
• Celebrate finishing school
• Start working in the best industry there is!