Hairdressing and Barbering are highly skilled careers and there's no substitute for high quality training.
NVQs are qualifications based on national occupational standards set by the industry and define the skills and knowledge
required for employment. They are work-based qualifications and are designed to reflect the different skills
required by hairdressers and barbers when dealing with different types of hair and clients individual needs..
Hairdressing qualifications cover Women's hairdressing and Barbering. They are highly practical qualifications, which are
competency based, focusing on skills within the workplace and are suitable for new entrants to the industry and for career
Apprenticeships are divided into two levels. In Wales they are known as Foundation
Apprenticeships (Level 2) and Apprenticeships (Level 3).
A Foundation Apprenticeship is an introductory framework aimed at those just entering
the industry and wanting to gain the basic skills needed for further development. It is the
minimum standard required to work effectively in a business.
An Apprenticeship is the target level for anyone wanting to be a truly proficient professional in their chosen field.
It expands upon the basic skills gained at Intermediate Level and is aimed at those wishing to enter the top level of their
profession or go on to become managers and owners. People who have been in the industry for some time but are looking to
update or accredit their skills can also take these qualifications.