About Hairdressing

Our professional qualifications in hairdressing help you to launch and progress in your career as a Hairdresser and/or salon manager. Industry-specific staff are all extensively trained in Hairdressing; passionate and motivated to guide and support you with quality. Whatever you choose as your career path, we have experts on hand to guide you in the right direction, whether it is to further your current skills, have a complete change of direction, or are a school/college leaver looking for your next step, The Link Academy has a flexible course that is perfect for you.
Apprenticeships
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An apprenticeship is a real job with training, so you can earn a wage while you learn. Apprenticeships are open to people of all ages over the age of 16, enabling people to improve their skills and progress in their careers. You can start an apprenticeship at any stage in your career; whether you’re just starting, want a change or you're upskilling in your current job. You can have a previous qualification like a degree and still start an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships must last a minimum of 12 months and all learners are required to spend 20% of their working hours on training towards their apprenticeship.

To become an apprentice, you must:

be 16 or over
not already be in full-time education
live in England

Traineeships
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Traineeships are perfect for those learners that require a little more preparation for work before starting in a busy workplace full time. Here at The Link Training, we can build a traineeship course around your needs and then we can support you in finding an apprenticeship. All our traineeships are completed alongside work experience. The focus is around preparing you for an apprenticeship and the world of work.

You will take part in an initial assessment and your bespoke programme will be developed with you at the centre. You may need to work towards functional skills in Maths and English up to level 2. (exemptions apply) Courses are bespoke and your timetable of attendance will be discussed before the commencement of the course. We have various start dates throughout the year; courses usually last from 6 weeks to 6 months however if you are successful in finding an apprenticeship you can transfer at any time during your course.

Adult Learners 19+
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A mixture of practical and theoretical Hairdressing or Barbering – Start dates throughout the year: This course focuses on developing the fundamental knowledge and skills required to be a Hairdresser or  Barber. You will work towards a nationally recognised NVQ diploma in Hairdressing or Barbering at Level 2: Learn More ; Courses are means tested and can be co-funded by the government; Costs and eligibility discussed during initial meeting. Referalls can be from a work coach.
Private
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We offer a variety of different private courses and are open to discuss specific details with interested learners. Whether you’re just starting out, need a short refresher course after a period of time out of the industry or you would like to expand your knowledge into specific areas we will have courses suitable for you.

Why work in the Hairdressing & Barbering Industry?

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There are over 43,000 hair and beauty businesses in the UK (a rise of over 1,000 since last year).
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The hair and beauty industry generated over £7.5bn in turnover for the UK economy (2017).
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There has been a massive growth of 45% in the number of hairdressing, barbering and beauty businesses over the past five years.