Hairdressing Apprentice

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Hair and Beauty

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This is a general application for a Hairdressing Apprenticeship. We are currently working with businesses in Plymouth and the surrounding areas to secure opportunities for applicants.

Salary per week:
£4.15 per hour at minimum. Your wage will depend on the hours worked.

An apprentice must work a minimum of 30 hours per week, however most work around 40. You will generally be expected to work on weekends.


An apprenticeship as a Hair Professional is the best way to get a start in the Hairdressing industry. You will develop valuable practical experience by working in a salon environment and be exposed to a high standard of professional hairdressing on a day to day basis, alongside spending one day a week in City College Plymouth receiving training from our professional team. As you develop so will your job role as you perform a variety of tasks within the salon ranging from greeting customers and making appointments to shampooing and conditioning hair and cutting simple styles. This can be a fast paced and hands on environment so an ability to work well under pressure and remain calm while learning from experienced stylists is extremely desirable.

Day to day tasks could include:

  • Welcoming customers
  • Shampooing and conditioning hair
  • Keeping the salon clean and tidy
  • Making appointments for clients
  • Making sure towels and supplies are well stocked and ready for use
  • Making and serving refreshments for clients
  • Assisting senior colleagues
  • Cutting simple styles as you gain experience


Training will be provided by City College Plymouth with regular attendance required at the Kings Road campus, as well as direct training within the workplace.

Over the 24 month apprenticeship, you will work towards the following:

  • Level 2 Hair Professional Standard
  • Behaviours, Skills & Knowledge
  • Functional Skills in maths and English at level 1 (if not already exempt through prior qualifications)

In addition to College attendance you will have regular visits at the workplace from a designated College assessor to observe your progress and competence in the role you are carrying out.

As part of your application you will need to complete a practical assessment with the College’s Hairdressing team to see your current ability, desire and drive to work within this industry. We are not expecting you to have any prior skills or knowledge, just the willingness to succeed and employability factors.

Qualities and skills:

  • Punctual and reliable
  • Great communication skills
  • Well presented
  • Cooperative and a team player
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Flexible and able to work a variety of shifts
  • Great customer service skills


Depending on the business you secure your apprenticeship with, will determine what your progression routes are. The College will be able to establish whether the contract of employment is for the duration of the apprenticeship only, or whether future opportunities will be available.

Many of the apprentices who complete this apprenticeship with City College Plymouth are able to progress onto the level 3 Hair Professional apprenticeship.

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By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessments and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by finding the best suited workplace.