To qualify for an apprenticeship 
 you need: 

Anyone over the age of 16 can become an apprentice, including existing employees of a salon (though in some cases there is an upper age limit – for example, in Northern Ireland the maximum age is 24).

As an apprentice you’ll effectively work as a salon junior learning core hairdressing skills, like cutting and colouring techniques, how to deal with clients and taking bookings. Maths will come in handy when you calculate ratios and percentages for colour formulations and you’ll also need to be well-organised and able to work within a team. Along the way you’ll learn how to deal with difficult situations, develop leadership skills, gain confidence and independence and become an effective self-manager – all essential if you want to be an all-round successful hairdresser.

New Trailblazer apprenticeships in England come in two levels:

 Hair Professional (Level 2) 

Hair Professional (Level 2) is equivalent to GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

Achieve Level 1 English and Maths (equivalent to GCSE at grades 3, 2 or 1 (D to G)

Take the test for Level 2 English and Maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)

 Advanced and Creative Hair Professional (Level 3) 

Advanced and Creative Hair Professional (Level 3) is equivalent to A-Levels at grades A to E.

Apprentices without English and Maths at GCSE Grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) on entry will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.