You are never too old to learn!

Does your present job offer you the opportunity to develop your creative skills? If not, then hairdressing could be the answer.

Irrespective of how old you are, if you are looking for job satisfaction, have a creative flair and enjoy working in a social environment, then take a look at the ways in which you can pursue a great career in hairdressing.

As an adult learner you have two main training options:

Your Options:

Option 1 : Apprenticeships

As a an adult over the age of 19, once you start your apprenticeship in Hairdressing or Barbering you will be employed as a full-time member of the busy salon team and be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices which is currently £3.30 per hour for the first year. In your second year you will be entitled to receive the full minimum wage. This is a great opportunity for you to earn while you learn and there is no other training route that will pay you to learn.

The Apprenticeship will take around 18 months when you will have the opportunity to progress to Barbering or an Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3.

How much will this cost me?
All Apprenticeships at Central are Government Funded but you will be expected to purchase your hairdressing equipment that will be around £150. Some employers may require you to contribute to your training and you should ask about this at your interview in the salon.

Option 2 : Classroom Learning (Level 2)

If you are not in a position to commit to full-time employment but still keen to start a career in hairdressing then the college-based Hairdressing Programmes are an ideal option for you. On these Programmes you will complete Hairdressing in one of our busy academies, work on clients and have the opportunity to take part in the annual photographic competition alongside the apprentices. We strongly encourage you to also gain some work experience in a salon which will enhance your learning and give you the opportunity to either progress into a job or on to the Level 3 college based programme at the end of the course.

The college-based hairdressing programmes require you to attend for two days per week for 24 weeks for Level 2 and take place during the academic year.

If you are completing your first Level 2 and under 24 the course will be free to you.
If you are over 19 and in receipt of a means-tested benefit then the course will be free to you.
If you do not fall into either of the above categories then the course is £750 which can be paid in one payment or by direct debit in instalments.

Option 2A : Classroom Learning (Level 3)

The college-based Level 3 Hairdressing programme is also for two days per week for 24 weeks and you will need to have achieved Level 2 and have a professional manner to be considered for this advanced course. At the end of the Level 3 programme you will be qualified to work in the industry as a stylist or start your own business.

If you are 19-23 years old and have not previously achieved a Level 3 qualification (in any subject) your course will be free.
If you are 19-23 and have already achieved a Level 3 qualification (in any subject) then you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan
If you are over 24 then you are required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan
To check loan repayments, please CLICK HERE to visit the Student Loans Company

Learner Support

As well as offering the very best  Hairdressing training, Central offer excellent support for all learners. If you need help with your Numeracy or Literacy or have any other support needs, we are here to help you. CLICK HERE for details.

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Happiness is Hairdressing!

  • Laura: "The career change has been life changing! I now own my own salon!"
  • Seth: "Best thing I ever did.After being in the same job for 15 years, it was a big step but happiness is most definitely hairdressing!"
  • Matt: "I didn't think it was possible, but here I am, a fully qualified hairdresser!"

Start your career in hairdressing today!

You can call us right now on Freephone 0800-783-2901 or click the button to apply online.

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