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Unrivalled Hairdresser Training & Expertise at Zappas Hair Academy

hairdresser training, hair salons in berkshire and hampshireWe understand that our staff are the lifeblood of Zappas which is why we invest in high quality training for new hairdressing apprentices as well as on-going training and development for all our staff.

Through hard work, dedication, external education and the development of our Zappas Training Academy, we are one of the most influential salon groups in Hampshire and Berkshire.

Our superior training has also led us to win prestigious awards including the British Hairdressing Business Awards' Training Award and the Investors in People Award.

Zappas closes for an afternoon each week to focus on staff development and training. This ensures that our staff are always trained to the highest levels and have the most in-depth technical precision cutting, colouring and styling techniques and skills.  They are also up to date with the latest products and hair trends.

Apprentice Hairdresser Training at Zappas Hair Salons & Academy

Our training course combines salon work with working towards the NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing.  Your theoretical and practical knowledge will continually be assessed by various methods throughout your training. Excellent personal presentation and motivation are crucial to your success.

The Ten Attributes Needed to Become a Successful Hairdresser

  1. Artistic flair and an interest in fashion
  2. Good communication skills
  3. Ability to be able to work as part of a team
  4. Flexible approach to work
  5. Excellent appearance
  6. A cheerful and outgoing personality
  7. Physically fit
  8. Reasonably numerate and literate
  9. A willingness to train and attend courses
  10. You want to be a hairdresser!

Twice a year Zappas' six salons hold an in-house training competition for all our trainee hairdressers to showcase everything they have learnt throughout the year.  In this video we feature the 40+ trainees who took part in a competition at the Wokingham Theatre - judged by Tigi & Bracknell & Wokingham College.

Hairdresser Training - The Course

hairdresser training, zappas hair salons hampshire and berkshireIntermediate Apprenticeship - Level 2:  Training for all apprentices will be work-based in a commercial salon, working as part of the salon team, combined with training sessions at Zappas Hairdressing Academy.  Apprentices will complete an NVQ City & Guilds Level 2 in Hairdressing which includes functional skills at Level 1 in English and Maths, learning about employment rights and responsibilities, and developing personal learning and thinking skills.

The City & Guilds NVQ in Hairdressing Level 2 covers a range of skills and relevant theoretical knowledge to prepare apprentices for entry into the hairdressing industry.  Practical work experience will be an essential part of this course with optional weekly visits to Zappas Hairdressing Academy.

Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3:  Training for all apprentices will be work-based in a commercial salon, working as part of the salon team, combined with Zappas training sessions for the apprentices. Apprentices will complete an NVQ in Hairdressing at Level 3 which includes functional skills at Level 2 in English and Maths, learning about employment rights and responsibilities, and developing personal learning and thinking skills.

The City & Guilds NVQ in Hairdressing Level 3 is designed for NVQ Level 2 qualified hairdressers who are currently working within the industry.  Practical work experience will be an essential part of this course with optional weekly visits to Zappas Hairdressing Academy.

Apply To Become a Hairdresser or Barber at Zappas Hair Salons, Berkshire & Hampshire

If you are interested in one of our hairdressing or barbering courses, please complete the following form.  Our training academy will then contact you to arrange an interview to get to know you better. Please send us your information and we will contact you about training at our academy.

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Training To Be A Hairdresser - Frequently Asked Questions

During an Apprenticeship Programme you will be employed full-time by Zappas. This means that you will carry out the majority of your training ‘on-the-job’, allowing you to build up realistic commercial experience. As an apprentice you will also be required to purchase a Company Hairdressing Kit at a cost of approximately £150, which will contain everything you will need while training.

The majority of your learning and assessment will take place at the academy in dedicated training sessions with our highly skilled training team. You will have progress reviews with the trainers and Education Director on a regular basis. The NVQ Theory training is delivered every other week and assessments are completed within the sessions and whilst working within the salons.

Apprenticeship programmes usually take 18 months to 24 months to achieve. The course starts in September each year but we are not fixed to this start date and have the flexibility to make exceptions for the right candidates regardless of age and experience.

Apprentices will receive the National Minimum Wage in the first year of their apprenticeship.&nbsp; You will work a minimum of 38 hours a week (maximum 40 hours a week/8 hours a day if under the age of 18) with 20 days paid holiday per year, plus eight Bank Holidays.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The National Minimum Wage rates can be found here</a>.&nbsp;

Your Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hairdressing qualification will be awarded by HABIA (Hair and Beauty Industry Authority), after completion of the following elements:
  • City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing
  • Functional Skills in Maths & English
  • Certificate in Employment Rights & Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

You will learn basic skills in: Client Consultation, Shampooing & Conditioning, Cutting (Men and Women), Colouring & Styling, Setting & Dressing, Health & Safety.

Once you have achieved your Apprenticeship (or an NVQ Level 2 from a college), you can go on to do a Level 3 NVQ in Hairdressing and Functional Skills. Modules at this level include:
  • Further Client Consultation
  • Advanced Cutting Techniques
  • Creative Colour
  • Colour Correction
  • Creatively Dress Long Hair
  • Artistic and Creative Interpretation
  • Further Health & Safety
  • Individual & Team Development
  • Promoting Additional Products and Services
The Level 3 NVQ usually takes a minimum of 12 months to achieve. This course has a September intake each year.

Preferred GCSE Grades A-C in Maths, English and an Art/Design related subject. Completion of NVQ Level 1 in Hairdressing, work experience or Saturday work in a salon is an advantage. On the whole, however, success depends mainly on a salon interview.
Training on the Apprenticeship Programme for 16- to 18-year-olds is a priority and fully-funded by the Government. Training for Apprenticeships over this age is part-funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution.

We can further your training with a range of advanced courses at Zappas. Career opportunities for qualified hairdressers include:
Stylist – Technician, Hairdressing Trainer, Salon Manager, Salon Owner, Product Ambassador, hairdressing for competitions, photoshoots, catwalk shows, stage productions or TV.

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