Hairdressing (Apprenticeship)

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QQI Level 6 Certificate in Hairdressing.

The New National Hairdressing Apprenticeship is a nationally recognised and a flagship standard for the Hairdressing Industry in Ireland.

This is a three-year apprenticeship programme aimed at school leavers and mature applicants who are considering a career in the Hairdressing Industry, or who are currently working in the Industry and want to gain a recognised qualification in this sector.

Apprentices work four days per week in the salon, while being paid by their employer, and attend classes in the college one day per week over the three-year period. Job Ratio: 80% on-the-job and 20% off-the-job.

The programme aims to ensure that theoretical learning in a Further Education Centre is reinforced by the practical experience of working in a Salon environment.

Apprentices will be supported in the workplace by an approved mentor and in the classroom by their teacher. Apprentices will graduate after three years as a fully qualified Hairdresser with a QQI Level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

For further information about becoming, or employing an apprentice, please go to: hairapprenticeship.ie.

Contact us at hairdressing@mallowcollege.ie for help and more information.

Career Prospects

Qualified Hairdressers have wide-ranging career opportunities available to them.

Many work in a salon as a Senior stylist, Senior Colour Technician, Independent or Freelance Stylist, Style Director, Salon Manager or Salon Owner and in TV, Theatre and the Film Industry.

The Advanced Certificate in Hairdressing is also a gateway to third-level education through which candidates may wish to acquire a Level 7 (Bachelor’s degree) in areas such as Business Management as well as other professional areas.

Course Contents

Stage 1 /Year 1Stage 2 /Year 2Stage 3/Year 3
Health & SafetyColouring 2Perming and Neutralising
Client ConsultationCutting 2Creative Cutting
Shampooing, Conditioning & TreatmentsCustomer Service and RetailColouring 3
Styling and Finishing 1Styling and Finishing 2Styling and Finishing 3
ICTTeam LeadershipCutting 3
Colouring 1Career in ActionCapstone
Cutting 1

Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.

Entry Requirements

The candidate must be in full-time employment with a salon registered under the National Hairdressing Apprenticeship scheme

QQI Level 4 Major Award or equivalent

or

Two years full-time experience in a hairdressing salon.

Non-Standard Entry

  • In a case where an applicant does not meet the educational requirements specified above, they must satisfactorily complete an informative panel interview facilitated by the Programme Manager

**Applications for participation in the Apprenticeship program must be made by the salon directly to National Hairdressing Apprenticeship (NHA) at www.hairdressingapprenticeship.ie

The Apprentice cannot apply through Mallow College, all applications come from salons through the NHA.

Progressions

The Advanced Certificate in Hairdressing is also a gateway to third-level education through which candidates may wish to acquire a Level 7 (Bachelor’s degree) in areas such as Business Management as well as other professional areas.

Contact Us

Email us at hairdressing@mallowcollege.ie.