Overview of apprenticeship
On an apprenticeship you will learn whilst working, you will experience what it is like to deliver high quality barbering services along with excellent training enabling you to achieving a level 2 qualification that will be graded Pass or Distinction.
Your teacher will be a 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. The class will be small and friendly and will focus on building everyday practical skills and solving problems which involve mathematical calculations. You will receive regular training whilst in your work place and will be assigned a co-ordinator form the college to support your every step. The qualification includes an End Point Assessment, this will be arranged once you have achieved all of the qualification requirements, and have sat any necessary English & Maths exams. There will be plenty of time to practice the skills you have acquired.
Barbers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair, cut facial hair and carry out shaving services to create variety of looks for men.
Barbers must be able to work with all hair types ranging from straight hair to very curly, wirey 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.
Delivery Plan and Assessment
Learners will attend West Suffolk College one day a week for taught sessions, excluding half terms and holidays. In total, learners have to spend 20% of their time on programme completing Off-The-Job training, this includes their day release, and any shadow shifts. Apprentices will be supported by 1:1 meetings in the workplace by their dedicated Programme Tutor. Additional learning resources and information will be made available online to ensure a fully blended learning experience.
Candidates must have a level 2 qualfication in Maths and English prior to taking End Point Assessment.
Where will this course take me?
As well as ensuring a foundation level of competence within Barbering, this apprenticeship provides a foundation for potential progression into a role within the company, or a Level 3 Technical Diploma in Hairdressing .
Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?
Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.
Candidates must achieve a level 2 qualification in Maths and English prior to End Point Assessment.
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 completion of the apprenticeship, you will have achieved:
- Full Hair Professional - Barbering Level 2 Standard
- Skills for Success - This module is designed by West Suffolk College to ensure you have all the personal skills and behaviours to succeed in the workplace.
- Any required Functional Skills in English or Maths.
How is this funded?
Apprentices are not required to contribute financially towards Apprenticeship training.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more, you will pay into an apprenticeship levy. This levy is then used to pay for the full cost of the apprenticeship course which is £7000. This figure is divided by the duration of the Apprenticeship and you will make monthly payments from your account directly to us.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of under £3 million, the Government will fund 95% of the training fee meaning you will be required to contribute 5% (£350).
There are incentives available if you are a small employer (under 50) and if you train/recruit a 16-18 year old.
Try out our apprenticeship levy calculator here
I'm interested. What should I do now?
You apply for an Apprenticeship in the same way you would apply for a job: find an apprenticeship vacancy, send in your CV or complete an application. We can help you with applications and give you interview advice. Please view the following page on our website to see our latest Apprenticeship vacancies.
Apprenticeship Vacancies: https://www.wsc.ac.uk/find-a-course/apprenticeships/vacancies
Alternatively, you can look on the GOV.UK website to see what other Apprenticeships vacancies may be available: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Employers - Please contact us to speak with a member of the Apprenticeship Team for more information and to organise a face to face visit.
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