Hair and Beauty

Getting in

Are you creative? Do you have good hand-eye skills?

Got staying power? – you’ll need lots of stamina to work in hair and beauty!

If you don’t mind long hours or working weekends, are interested in appearance, fashion, health and working closely with people, this might be the right job sector for you!

Routes into this job sector

There are various types of qualifications available: 

Many jobs in this sector require vocational qualifications or on the job training such as apprenticeships. It is also important to keep up with the latest trends, through further training. You will also have to combine your creative flair with customer service skills and business knowledge. Self-employment is quite normal in this sector and many people also learn how to run their own business.

Routes into hairdressing and barbering are mostly through work-based apprenticeships in salons, where on the job training is offered alongside study at college. Reflections Training Academy offers appenticeships in this job sector.

Vocational qualifications are also available for beauty therapy, nail technician services and holistic therapies such as aromatherapy and reflexology. Whilst qualifications are vocationally based and start from GCSE level there are opportunities to progress right through to degree level if you wish.

To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector visit the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (Habia) and visit Skillset for hair and beauty positions in the TV and film industry.

Spotlight on... Apprenticeships in Beauty Therapy

This apprenticeship is about improving people’s well-being by making them look and feel better. As an apprentice, you will work in a beauty salon, health spa or hotel assisting in the smooth running of the salon and supporting the beauty team.

A typical day as an Intermediate apprentice will involve welcoming clients, answering the phone, making appointments and keeping the salon tidy. You will also assist senior therapists and learn a range of skills and techniques, such as facial techniques, waxing, spray tan, brow treatments, manicures and pedicures and applying make-up.

As an Advanced Apprenticeship, you’ll work as a beauty therapist, learning techniques like body massage as well as more complicated treatments.

There can be lots of opportunities to progress - with further training you could become a make-up artist, run your own salon, or go on to study specialist areas like massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy or reflexology.

Claire - Beauty Therapy Apprentice at Weston College

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