As a hairdresser your job is to make people look amazing! From cutting and colouring to styling and consulting with your clients, as an apprentice you will be learning how to do all of these things while at the same time building up a rapport with clients and showing off your lively personality. The great thing about being an apprentice is that you will also be earning money at the same time!
To ensure you gain all the skills needed for a career as a hairdresser, you will need to start your apprenticeship at Level 2. On successful completion you can go into employment or continue on to our Level 3 advanced apprenticeship. Not ready for Level 2 study?
To keep ahead of the changing trends and fashions in hairdressing, you will need the drive and motivation to keep improving and updating your personal and technical skills. This is a fast-paced and creative environment to work in, which requires excellent customer service, communication, organisation and timekeeping skills. Our courses have been developed with industry professionals to ensure the knowledge you gain is not only relevant and current, but will set you apart in the workplace.
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You are aged 16 - 18 and wish to pursue a career in the hairdressing industry, enjoy working within a salon environment and on a one to one basis with clients.
GCSE English and maths at grade 3 and have an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice.
During the course you will shampoo, condition and treat hair, change hair colour, style and finish hair, set and dress hair, cut hair using basic techniques, advise and consult with clients. You will also learn excellent industry-level skills such as how to consult
with a client, promote products and retail sales. You will study one day a week in our industry-standard Koko salon which is open to the public, where you will learn techniques you can take back to your workplace and try out. You will spend the rest of the week in the workplace. You will also put together a portfolio of evidence to show that you are competent at the tasks you do every day, while receiving support from experienced Cornwall College tutors.
To study hairdressing in industry standard salons open to the public.
Taking part in masterclasses with experts in the industry.
On to our Hairdressing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3, or employment as a junior hairdresser in a salon.
Careers in this industry
- Hairdresser in a salon
- Self-employed hairdresser
- Salon manager
- Hairdresser on a cruise ship
Carla Fairburn Manager & Co-owner Inkfish Falmouth
Carla started her hairdressing apprenticeship 15 years ago at Inkfish Truro and is now the co-owner of Inkfish Falmouth.
"Starting as an apprentice to becoming co-owner has been a great
journey; it’s something I’ve always dreamt of. Being in a good salon
working with a good team, with great training and being passionate
about the job, I’ve grown to love it. We have apprentices in the salon
now and that’s important to us and them because they gain real life
experience with the customers. Watching the stylists do their jobs really
helps them out, it’s faster learning and also they can earn while they
learn, which is great for them being young. Getting a wage and learning
at the same time, what’s not to like?”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.