Unlike some other routes into hairdressing where there can be a fee to enrol, apprentices are viewed as employees and can expect to be treated like a staff member. You are legally entitled to an employment contract, a minimum wage and statutory sick pay.


As an apprentice you will earn the National Minimum Wage but initially at the apprentice rate, which currently stands at £5.28 per hour. The apprentice wage applies to all apprentices aged 19 and under AND any apprentice, regardless of age, in the first year of an apprenticeship.

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed the first year of their apprenticeship.

NB Apprenticeship pay rates change regularly. For the most up-to-date information click here