About Apprenticeships


As an Apprentice you will be working within a business as an employee. As an employee, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. The time spent on the job gives you a wealth of experience in the working environment and will allow you to develop professional skills that can be transferable to other job opportunities.

As an apprentice you will receive training from Live True Academy that will equate to a nationally recognised qualification. The training and work required for the completion of this qualification will be carried out within your working hours, you will be given set time throughout the working week and programme to complete all elements required.


The Apprenticeship programme offers a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to ensure that the employer is supporting you and you are making progress. All the things you study for will be useful in your job and help you succeed in your future career.

The programme is broken down into 5 elements:

  1. NVQ- a competence qualification
  2. Technical Certificate - Knowledge based qualification
  3. Functional Skills - Literacy, Numeracy and IT skills
  4. Employer Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  5. Personal Learning and Think Skills (PLTS)


Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based training. There are two levels of Apprenticeship available:

Intermediate Level Apprenticeships

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

Advanced Level Apprenticeships

Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based qualification.


Apprenticeships are aimed at getting people into full-time employment, those who are looking to progress their career and those seeking to start a new career. Individuals need to be living in England, not taking part in full-time education and be over 16 years of age.


There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to you, through hands-on experience on the job.

Benefits can be:

  • Earning a salary
  • Gaining a nationally recognised qualification
  • Getting on-going support and guidance
  • Gaining valuable work experience
  • Developing personal and professional skills
  • Career Progression


There are no nationally agreed minimum entry or previous experience requirements to start an Apprenticeship in Hairdressing but the following criteria may be used as guidance. Because the industry has high client expectations and relies on repeat business importance is given to:

  • Appropriate personal presentation including clothing, hair, nails and personal hygiene.
  • Practical, organisational and social skills.
  • Attention to detail and cleanliness.
  • A good sense of humour/amicable nature and communication skills whether dealing face to face with clients or speaking on the telephone.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours/days as agreed in the employment contract.
  • A high degree of dexterity and coordination.
  • Potential apprentices with a predisposition to certain skin conditions or allergies, such as occupational dermatitis, eczema or asthma, need to understand that some of the units they chose may require the use of chemicals, liquids and aerosols which may have a significant affect on their health condition.
  • Colour blindness may limit progress in units requiring selection and application of colouring products.


Depending on the level, you will cover topics like:

  • shampooing, blow drying, plaiting and twisting
  • cutting and styling hair
  • greeting customers and running the salon reception
  • advising customers on hairstyles and colours that would suit them
  • colouring and dressing long hair
  • perming and hair extensions

To earn the qualification, you need to show you have got a particular set of skills. We will work with you to review your current skills and find the best way to gain new ones.

NVQs are assessed at work or in a realistic working environment. For each unit, an assessor observes you carrying out different services and checks your understanding. This information will be recorded in your logbook, which then provides formal evidence of your learning.

For these qualifications, you will practise hairdressing, learn the knowledge required and organise your own study. You will record your achievements in a logbook packed with hints and tips from industry experts.


A Hairdressing apprenticeship can jump-start your career in hairdressing. After completing an Apprenticeship in Hairdressing you can work as Stylist and progress on to an Advanced Apprenticeship, which will lead you to become a Senior Stylist, this will take your creativity, cutting and colouring skills a step further.

Please call our admissions team on 020 7384 5922 to find out more!