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Course overview

This occupation is found in the hair and beauty sector. The barbershop work environment is always client facing, can be varied in size, style and ambiance, from a small micro barbershop, to franchises or large high street premises. The broad purpose of the occupation is to demonstrate a range of barbering skills tailored to client requirements, whilst providing an outstanding service. A barbering professional will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of barbering techniques, style and finish hair to create variety of looks, cut facial hair into shape and provide shaving services. Barbers must be able to work with all hair types, characteristics and classifications ranging from straight hair to very curly, hair with texture. They also need to be able to carry out consultations with clients, demonstrate the professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills, retail skills alongside safe working practices associated with their role. They must be able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a wide and diverse range of clients, the barbershop team, other associated hairdressing and beauty professionals. They should also be able to promote themselves, their organisation, products and services using a variety of channels. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for demonstrating industry standards of professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills, team work, retail and selling skills for clients. They will also be able to complete a range of barbering services to create a variety of looks.

The learner journey

1. 18 months on-programme – This is when the individual will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours which will support them for their End-Point Assessment. The learner could partake in a combination of activities, such as classroom based sessions, mentoring, shadowing, bespoke resources and off-site visits in order to support their learning and development. 

You will be required to spend at least six hours a week on off-the-job training in order to meet the course requirements.

2. Gateway – After the 18 months teaching and learning, you, your training provider and the learner will review the learners journey and decide whether it is the right time for the on-programme assessment.

3. End-Point Assessment – This is when your learner will need to demonstrate they have learnt the required knowledge, skills and behaviours, through an on demand knowledge test, a professional discussion, practical observation and business project.


Those with an annual wage bill of less than £3m do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy. Instead, 95% of each apprenticeship is funded by the government whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer to enhance the skills of their employee.

  • Employers are also be eligible for a £1000 incentive payment if the apprentice is aged 16–18.
  • Employers with less than 50 employees and where the apprentice is aged 16–18, the government will fund 100% of the apprentice and are eligible for a £1000 incentive payment.
  • Employers with those aged 19+ the government will continue to fund 95% of the apprenticeship programme whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer.

Businesses can manage this through the Apprenticeship Service online account.

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To learn additional information about this apprenticeship, you can explore our Course Sheet or Learner Journey.

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