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Overview of apprenticeship

On an appreticeship you will learn whilst working, you will experience what it is like to deliver high quailty barbering services along with excelllent training enabling you to achieving a level 3 qualification.


Your teacher will be an current expert in the barbering industry, they will use a variety of teaching methods including explanation and discussion, as well as group and individual activities. You may need to attend a class, this will be small and friendly and will focus on building advanced practical skills. You will recieve regular training whilst in your work place and will be assigned a co-ordinator form the college to support your every step.  There will be plenty of time to practice the skills you have acquired.


Barbers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, re style hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair, cut facial hair, create patterns in the hair, carry out  shaving services, perm or colour hair, a selected unit, in order to create a variety of looks for men.


Barbers must be able to work with all hair types ranging from straight hair to very curly, wiry hair. They also need to be able to carry out consultations with clients, demonstrate the professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills and safe working practices associated with their role and be able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills.


Learners may attend college one day a week to learn theoretical and practical practices within barbering.

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Delivery Plan and Assessment

Apprentices are employed by a barber shop. Your normal week will include working in the business 4 days a week (depending on your contracted hours) and  Each business owner/manager will commit to the training you require and WSC with Mr Education assess your knowledge and arrange 6 weekly review visits to your place of work to support and guide you through the qualification.  You will recieve 20% 'off the job training' and you will need to record this and your progress on an on line portfolio system, Onefile, you are responsible for accessing and completing this record. This record will show you the tasks, exams and professional skills you need to complete and you will have responsibility for ensuring that each part is completed. 

You will be required to study autonomously as there is no set theory or practical session for level 3, you will however be able to acccess bespoke sessions to upskill in the areas that you require further training.  Along with your employer and co-ordinator you will select the units you wish to achieve. Iif you are required to complete level 2 funtional skills in maths or english, you will be supported in these and exams will be booked for you.


You will be on programme for a minimum of 13 months and up to two years, but the length of your programme will be agreed between yourself, your line manager and your work based learning co-ordinator, this person is assigned to you by us.

Where will this course take me?

On completion of this course, you could either progress on to:

-Full time permanent positions within workplace.

-Part time permanent positions within the workplace.

-Higher Qualification in Salon Management.

-Showcase work on stage

- Become an educator


Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

Barbering is an industry full of self motivated, driven individuals who thrive on hard work in a busy, friendly atmosphere. Your earnings will directly reflect your love for your job and your passion for the barbering industry. Customer service is key to your earnings, building relationships with your clients will increase your clientele and your wages.
This is a guide to your possible earnings:
How much money can I make as a barber in the UK?
As a junior barber, you can expect to earn about £40-£60 per day in salary, and £20 in tips. If you work a 6-day week and 50 weeks per year, this equates to earnings of £18,000 to £24,000. With time and experience, a pro barber can earn as much as £1000 per week or £50k per year.

Entry requirements

You must have studied and completed your Level 2 diploma in hairdressing or barbering previously and be up to date with the skills required to provide basic barbering services to the public and secured a position in a barbers


Students are expected to be able to study at level 2, students who have achieved their GCSE in English & Maths will be exempt from functional skills, otherwise you will be expected to study Functional Skills English & Maths qualifications up to and including Level 2 and sit exams for these subjects. 

Each student will be initially assessed on enrolement to check their suitablity for this level, should we have concerns, we will speak to you on an individual basis, and an alternative offer will be made that will enable you to achieve your goals. 


The industry has high client expectations and relies on repeat business, therefore, importance is given to the following: appropriate personal presentation including hair and personal hygiene. Practical organisational and social skills. Attention to detail and cleanliness. A good sense of humour. Good communication skills, and be prepared to work flexible hours


On successful completion you will receive an Advanced Apprenticeship Certificate in Barbering together with a Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma in Barbering.

How is this funded?

Students aged 16-18 will be paid employees and will their course will be funded. They will recieve an apprentice wage until they complete their training. Students over 19 have slightly different rules and these can be explained to you and your employer on initial advice and guidance. 


As apprentices are paid employees, you will need to fund your own kit, equipment and uniform.

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I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply on line and come in for an interview to check your suitability for this course. You should be curretnly working in a  barber shop. Check out the WSC college website for apprenitce opportunities. 

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