Hairdressing and Barbering

Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship helps you train employees as new starts to hairdressing and barbering, but also provides a way for already in the role to upgrade their skills. After completion, employees can pursue a career in traditional hairdressing or barbering, or in a more specialized position such as a session hairdresser/barber for film or TV.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 and 6.

Select each level to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level. 

Entry requirements

SCQF Level 5

Candidates don’t need previous experience to apply for this qualification.

SCQF Level 6

Candidates should have already completed SCQF level 5 or have equivalent qualifications or experience.

Progression and development

SCQF Level 5

Successful apprentices will have the skills and knowledge to carry out roles such as:

  • Junior hairdresser/barber

  • Junior receptionist

  • Junior African Caribbean hairdresser/barber

Apprentices could also advance their skills and knowledge by studying towards the SCQF Level 6 apprenticeship.

SCQF Level 6

Successful apprentices will have the skills and knowledge to carry out roles such as:

  • Salon technician

  • Senior African Caribbean hairdresser/barber

  • TV and film hairdresser/barber

  • Senior salon hairdresser/barber

  • Senior receptionist

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider