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When people think apprenticeships - one of their first thoughts might be Hair and Beauty. This is one of the more traditional apprenticeships, with one of the highest levels of job satisfaction. Hairdressing apprenticeships are among the top 10 most popular in the UK, so it looks like they’re here to stay! Additionally, did you know that hairdressers have the highest job satisfaction in the UK, with stylists being happy 79% of the time. The Hairdressing and Beauty industry can be highly rewarding, with the opportunity to build strong relationships with clients - as well as making them feel good!

If you’ve found the ideal Hair and Beauty job for you there’s just a few things you may want to know about how the application process for these roles usually work…

Your pathway into
the industry

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Check for local opportunities that might boost your CV. Many employers in this industry provide volunteering or work experience opportunities - an excellent way to stand out from the crowd. Think part time work and Saturday jobs to fit round your studies!

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Using our CV Builder and helpful CV guide create your skills-based CV. Don’t worry too much - we are here to help if need be.

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Once you have submitted your CV to us one of our Recruitment Resourcers will be in touch to find out what kinds of roles you are after and help fill in any CV gaps if there are any. If you feel confident, there are loads of jobs on our website you can start applying for straight away!

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Now we know what type of role you’re looking for we’ll help you find a position and conduct a mock interview so you feel super prepared for that all important next step. Don’t worry if you can’t find what you’re looking for on our website - our team can point you in the right direction if this is the case.

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If your application is successful and you’re called in for an interview we can provide support in multiple areas, including travel planning, budgeting and more!

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Required Skills & Qualifications

No prior qualifications are required to take most Hair & Beauty Qualifications from Level 2 and above. If you are personable, organised and eager to learn, one of the many available jobs in the Hair & Beauty industry could be the perfect career choice for you.

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Hairdresser

Myth busting

There’s a lot that goes into hairdressing - it’s a highly creative and sociable role. This job can take you all over the world, for example, working on models at fashion shows or on television sets. Hairdressing apprenticeships are also within the top 10 favourite apprenticeships in the UK! It’s also highly rewarding, and this can come in the form of client satisfaction. In fact, hairdressing is the job with the second highest job satisfaction in the country. Stylists are happy at work 79% of the time!

NVQ Level 3 Stylists can earn around £30k p/a
Job Role Progression: • Apprentice Hairdresser
• Junior Stylist
• Senior Stylist
• Salon Manager

Finer Details

Hairdressing can be highly flexible, and you can either work in a salon, work for yourself, or be mobile. If you work from home or are mobile, you may have to work irregular hours.

Main Responsibilities May Include:
• Listening to clients requests and creating their desired style.
• Washing.
• Cutting & styling hair.
• Taking bookings and managing your diary.
• Colouring.

The good points...

Hairdressing is a highly sociable job, so if you love a good chat and working with people, this is highly favourable. There’s also endless opportunities, and you can have the opportunity to work at some pretty cool events. For example, fashion shows, television sets, and more.

... and the bad

This job can be particularly tiring, as you will be on your feet for most of the day. There can also be issues if you are thinking of moving areas, as you are likely to lose a lot (if not all) of your clientele. Having to start from scratch may be daunting for some.

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Barber

Myth busting

Barbers typically wash, cut and style mens hair. However, many women with shorter hair styles may opt to visit a barber too. Your work won’t just be limited to hair - barbers often cut and style mens facial hair. There may be an element of sales within the role, as Barber’s may also be required to sell various products to clientele. It’s a highly sociable role with the opportunity to build strong relationships with regular customers.

Top professional barbers can earn up to £50k p/a!
Job Progression: • Apprentice Barber
• Qualified Barber
• Master Barber
• Barbershop Manager
• Barbershop Director

Finer Details

Hairdressing can be highly flexible, and you can either work in a salon, work for yourself, or be mobile. If you work from home or are mobile, you may have to work irregular hours.

Main Responsibilities May Include:
• Washing Hair.
• Cutting Hair.
• Using tools such as clippers.
• Booking In Clients.
• Styling Hair.

The good points...

Hairdressing is a highly sociable job, so if you love a good chat and working with people, this is highly favourable. There’s also endless opportunities, and you can have the opportunity to work at some pretty cool events. You could also find yourself working with celebrities, athletes and other stars!

... and the bad

This job can be particularly tiring, as you will be on your feet for most of the day. There can also be issues if you are thinking of moving areas, as you are likely to lose a lot (if not all) of your clientele. Having to start from scratch may be daunting for some.

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Make-up Artist

Myth busting

The role of a Make-up Artist is to make their clientele feel as glamorous as possible. You’ll need to be creative, personable and have the technical ability. You could find yourself working in department stores, on television sets, theatres, and so on. The possibilities really are endless. You will have to be a good listener, and have the ability to meet client expectations. If you find yourself working on a television set or theatre, this could be very technical and require the use of prosthetics and other materials.

For fashion shows, a lead Make-up Artist could earn up to £450 a day!
Job Progression: • Trainee Make-up Artist
• Assistant Make-up
• Artist Chief Make-up Artist
• Make-up Director

Finer Details

Due to the variety of events you could work at, working hours may very. For example, you may be required to work late nights for fashion shows, but early mornings for television. Flexibility is a must.

Main Responsibilities May Include:
• Understanding clients visual expectations.
• Implementing a clear understanding of lighting, the photographic process and special effects.
• Keeping up to date with products.
• Sourcing budgeting and ordering products.
• Casting facial and body moulds.

The good points...

There are many varied roles across Make-up Artistry, and you can find yourself working with people from a range of backgrounds on a daily basis. There is also the opportunity to work for yourself and be your own boss, as many Make-up Artists are freelance.

... and the bad

This role can be tiresome, as there are long hours and you will be on your feet for most of the day. Success doesn’t come quickly, as this is mainly built on a strong portfolio and a great reputation in the industry.

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Beauty Therapist

Myth busting

Beauty Therapy is a varied role, with lots of skills to be learnt. The beauty industry is ever changing, so there’s always the opportunity to do additional training courses to keep with the latest beauty trends.

Senior Beauty Therapists specializing in complex treatments can earn £50k p/a
Job Progression: • Apprentice Beauty Therapist
• Beauty Therapist
• Senior Therapist
• Salon Manager
• Salon Director

Finer Details

This is a very flexible role, you can work part or full time, and will be required to work some weekends and evenings.

Main Responsibilities Can Include:
• Waxing.
• Massaging.
• Manicures & pedicures.
• Tanning.
• Facials.

The good points...

There’s always the opportunity to develop your skills through further training on new procedures. It’s also a very varied and sociable role, and you will have the opportunity to build strong relationships with regular clients.

... and the bad

Starting salaries aren’t always attractive, but with the right qualifications, and a good reputation, the opportunities really are endless. Working hours can sometimes also be unsociable, with most Therapists being required to work some evenings and weekends.