Parent FAQ's


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship provides a great way to combine work with study and enables learners to gain experience at the same time as studying for a nationally recognised qualification and earning money. An apprenticeship is a real job with paid training. Depending on the level of the apprenticeship, the duration of the programme is between one and two years.

What apprenticeships are available at Philips Hair Academy?

Philips Hair Academy supports apprentices to achieve the brand new “Hair Professional” or “Barbering Professional” apprenticeship, which becomes available for the first time in May 2017.

The apprenticeship provides all the skills to become a professional hairstylist or a professional barber and consists of a Level 2/3 Diploma for Hair Professionals or a Level 2/3 Diploma for Barbering Professionals.

Either route also requires Functional maths and English and includes professional standards and an end-test (like a trade test). From this, a progression route onto a “Senior Hair Professional” will be available that will provide the skills and knowledge to become a senior stylist

What are the benefits of doing a hairdressing apprenticeship?

Our apprentices are employed to perform a specific job role. They work alongside experienced staff and gain job-specific skills. Whilst they are on a programme they study hairdressing /barbering techniques with us for one day a week, spending the rest of their working week in their salon.

Apprenticeships offer career progression opportunities that can provide a route into further study or to climb the career ladder. They also have an improved chance of getting a job at the end of the apprenticeship – government research shows that around 90% of apprentices stay in work on completion of their training and 71% of apprentices stay with the same employer.

Who do they suit?

Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 or over, including workers, job seekers, school leavers and career changers, but they must be living in England and not in full-time education. Apprenticeship Programmes are priority for 16- to 18-year-olds and are fully-funded by the Government. However, for people over this age, apprenticeships are only part-funded by the government and employers must contribute to training under the new guidelines.

What are the entry requirements for an apprenticeship?

The entry requirements needed to attend Philips Hair Academy are ideally: GCSE Grades A-C in Maths and English, though we can help you to achieve these requirements if you are close. Art/Design or related subjects are always good to have, as hairdressing is an artistic and creative industry. Previous hairdressing qualifications, such as level 1 or VRQ’s in hairdressing done at school can be an advantage; work experience or Saturday work in a salon is also beneficial. Having said this, the main success factors are dependent on a positive attitude and genuine enthusiasm for the hairdressing industry. Hairdressers are friendly, sociable, happy people who work very hard and enjoy making others look their best.

What will my child earn?

They are entitled to receive the Apprentice National Minimum Wage. This applies:
• to all apprentices aged 16 – 18
• to those aged 19 and above who are in their first year.

All other apprentices will receive the National Minimum Wage for their age.

What will my child do in an average week?

A typical week consists of time spent working in their salon and one day spent at college. To satisfy the requirements of an apprenticeship, a minimum of 30 paid hours per week, which includes time spent at college, must be completed.

Whilst in the salon, duties include greeting clients, making appointment bookings, providing shampoo and blow-drying services and general salon maintenance are the norm in the first year.

Many apprentices will go on to provide treatments and some cut/colour services towards the end of their programme. At the Academy, learners spend time completing practical and theory work to improve their skills.

They also get the opportunity to partake in extra activities such as: visiting industry exhibitions, styling models for charity events and entering regional/national competitions.

How is an apprenticeship applied for?

Your child can apply either via:
• Recruitanapprentice.gov
• On this website: click here
• Download our application form: click here

When the application is received, we will review and send out an invite for interview. At this stage, it is crucial that your child also looks for an apprenticeship salon placement as this is a requirement for securing a place in the Academy.