Skilled hair stylists and barbers find rewarding roles in many settings – high street salons, holiday resorts, cruise ships, hospitals, film and television sets and fashion shoots.
Derby College caters for everyone from those just starting out in the industry to experienced professionals who want to perfect advanced techniques. Many salons work with us to train their apprentices too.
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You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.
If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.
We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.
When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Retail and Customer Service are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.
Former hair apprentice Katie Weeds opened her own salon within a year of qualifying via Derby College – at the age of just 19.
Now running the Katie Weeds 1853 Hair Design Studio in Belper, she had set her heart on launching a hairdressing business ever since taking a Saturday job in a salon. After leaving school, she started an apprenticeship with a local hairdresser and completed her NVQs in October 2014.
She praises the College’s training facilities and the supportive, encouraging staff. She also enjoyed interesting assignments such as creating styles for a 1960s avant-garde photo shoot.
Given her business success so far, Katie’s long-term plan is to open more salons and then franchise the Katie Weeds name.
Taking an apprenticeship gave me the hands-on training I needed to be able to qualify as a hair stylist and open my own salon. What I love most about my job is making people feel better about themselves.
£12,000-£19,000 per year.
Providing cuts and colour
£210 for a ten-hour day in TV
Perfecting styles for anyone appearing in front of an audience or camera
£13,000-£20,000 per year.
Carrying out face and body treatments
Up to £37,000 per year.
Responsible for all aspects of running the business
The Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority offers information about careers
The Freelance Hair and Beauty Federation offers training on planning, setting up and managing a hairdressing business, as well as ongoing training and continuing personal development
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