The First Steps

Training for all of our apprenticeships whether it is Hairdressing or Beauty is undertaken in a flexible manner and is determined by the particular needs of the learner. 

If it’s a job in hairdressing, better qualifications, or simply a change of direction, then Positive Approach Academy for Hair could well offer the opportunity you have been looking for....

As an established learning provider we have become renowned for our ability to match young people quickly with the right job and the best training.

Making full use of the many employers who use of our services means that there is always a variety of opportunities on offer, and this coupled with the apprenticeship training programme we run, will ensure that you have a real chance of success . If you are aged sixteen and over, why not make that first step to a new career!

Training for the Hairdressing and Barbering Intermediate Apprenticeship and Hairdressing and Barbering Advanced Apprenticeship is undertaken in a flexible manner and is determined by the particular needs of the learner.

Learners will normally attend the college 1 day a week and attend work placement for a minimum of 30-40 hours per week . In addition to ‘off the job’ training, further assessments will be undertaken in the workplace on a regular basis.

Apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships combine work and training to offer a package which includes:-
A wage package or allowance of at least £4.30 per hour - A job or practical experience with an employer - A nationally recognised vocational qualification 

Course Requirements

• Be employed (we can help you find a placement if you don't already have one) 

• Be working in a salon where you are given the opportunities to learn and develop the skills you are taught in training

Personal Qualities

• Have the drive and work ethic to succeed in your role and your apprenticeship


Have a minimum of 4 GCSEs including grade E or 2 in English and Maths - If you have a grade E you will be required to pass a short literacy/numeracy test before being accepted on to the course.

The apprenticeships form a key part of work-based learning, which leads to a nationally recognised qualification. Work based learning is built around practical experience with an employer and appropriate training arranged by a learning provider. In this way the young person receives the right knowledge, skills and experience to achieve their qualification. Apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships are a partnership between employers, training providers and the apprentices.

Basic requirements & other info

The Apprenticeship is open to anyone with a strong commitment to learning to at least Level 2.

The Advanced Apprenticeship is available for those who would like to work towards at least a Level 3 qualification after achieving Level 2.

Functional Skills
Functional skills are an essential part of apprenticeships. As well as the work skills that are required in a particular job, there are other abilities needed to do a job satisfactorily. Many employers now require the young people they recruit to have something extra.

They want functional skills.

All Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships include functional skills because they demonstrate that a person can communicate orally and in writing, tackle numerical problems and are able to improve on their own learning and performance work.

Positive Approach Academy for Hair understands the need to deliver flexible, cost effective training programmes, which cater for both the employer and the learner.

The Government will fully finance training and assessment costs for apprentices aged 16 to 18 for small businesses, with fewer than 50 employees, therefore price negotiation is not necessary.

The Government requires employers to make a 5% contribution to the cost of training and assessment for 19+ learners (unless they were formerly in care or have a Local Authority Education, Healthcare Plan). 

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