Hairdressing Apprentice (Cobham) The Academy

Duties will include general upkeep of the salon, shampooing, assisting stylists, greeting and preparing clients and promoting services and products. Some reception work may also be required. As your skills develop you will be given more responsibility.

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Closing date: 13 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Tues - Sunday (Day Off TBC)

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    23 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    31 Jan 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

  • Greeting clients and visitors to the salon, as well as handling enquiries by telephone
  • Playing a key part in preparing clients for services, including: refreshments, magazines, gowning and general comfort
  • Ensuring every clients is happy, comfortable and informed throughout their visit
  • Listening to the needs of clients and informing colleagues of any relevant information
  • Engaging in meaningful and relevant conversation with clients
  • Keeping up to date with fashions and trends in the hairdressing industry
  • Following all health and safety procedures
  • Wearing the required personal protective equipment
  • Assisting stylists with preparing clients for and during the service being provided; this may include removing colours and blow drying under supervision
  • Keeping the salon clean and tidy
  • Promoting the salon's brand principles
  • Striving to meet training plan targets
  • Completing all work set by trainers and assessors in the agreed time frame
  • Putting into practise what you learn
  • Sourcing suitable models for training and assessment
  • Contributing to the promotion of a pleasant and positive salon atmosphere
  • Support new colleagues

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Can work effectively as part of a team
  • Can remember and follow instructions
  • Can anticipate the needs of others
  • Can manage their time efficiently
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Work safely

Personal qualities

  • Punctual and reliable
  • Resilience and determination
  • Well presented with attention to personal grooming
  • Passionate about hairdressing
  • Willing to work hard
  • This role can be physically demanding 
  • Pleasant personality and friendly
  • Able to keep calm under pressure
  • Motivated and keen to learn

Qualifications required

  • GCSE grades A* - E in English and Maths or equivalent

Future prospects

After achieving NVQ level 2 and your Intermediate Apprenticeship you will be encouraged to progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship and gain NVQ level 3. Most of our stylists and technicians have been Apprentices themselves. Since achieving their Advanced Apprenticeships they had gone on to become senior stylists, trainers, assessors, managers, and have taken part in photo shoots and promotional events.

Things to consider

Hairdressing is not a job - it is a vocation. You need to be prepared to work hard and deliver first class customer service even when you may not be feeling at your best. You will be on your feet all day and dealing with clients from all walks of life; you can't be expected to like every client but you will need to make every single one feel they are special. You will need to be flexible because when the salon gets busy everyone needs to help out so that the salon runs smoothly and that could mean bringing forward or pushing back your break. Earnings are not brilliant at the start although tips from satisfied clients will help. Once you start building your own clientele you will earn commission on what you contribute to the salon's takings. The busiest stylists, earn the most. Working in a salon is about working as a team, all driven by the same ambition to make every client's visit better than expected, to maintain the loyalty of existing clients and to attract new clients. Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): From 1st October 2016 The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.40 per hour. From April 2017 this rises to £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. For more information visit:

About the employer

Founded by Franco Capozzi 23 years ago then later joined by Salvatore Mule in 2001, the Academy salons have gone from strength to strength. There are currently three salons situated in Hersham, Cobham and Claygate. Styling services have always been of a high standard, but the types of services available have continued to grow offering our clients anything from a simple wet cut to something more creative such as highlighting and our special duo-colour techique. The Cobham salon now offers natural hair extensions and all our salons offer the highly fashionable Brazilian Blow Dry service. All members of staff work together towards a simple goal: "To create an in-salon experience that is unique and individual for every member of the family". This strongly supports the Academy ethos 'Family Hairdressing, Individual Style'.


The Academy


70 Hogshill Lane


KT11 2AL

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Training provider

  • In salon training towards NVQ Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.
  • Functional Skills in English and maths (if applicable).
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Inter Training Services Limited


Salv Mule

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Closing date: 13 Oct 2017