Advanced and Creative Hair Professional Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is ideal for Level 2 Stylists who wish to advance career through developing advanced techniques.

The Level 3 Diploma for Advanced and Creative Hair Professionals covers all of the core knowledge and skills needed to become an advanced and creative Hairdresser, covering areas such as:

Creative restyles
Creative styling and dressing of the hair
Colour correction services
Smoothing and strengthening systems

Joint Applications for apprenticeships and full-time courses starting in September 2022 will be open from October 1st 2021.

If you are aged between 15 and 18 and interested in an Apprenticeship but do not yet have a contract of employment from an employer, we strongly advise you to apply for a full-time programme as well so you have a back-up.

We process both your full-time application and apprenticeship application until you inform us that you have secured an employer and have an Apprenticeship contract in place, at which point your apprenticeship application will take priority.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our October Open Events are now open.

October Open Events

If you have an employer ready to put an Apprenticeship contract of employment in place for you, then please fill in the apprenticeship late application form linked below:

Apprenticeship Late Application Form

Occupational Profile

Advanced and Creative Hair Professionals are creative, passionate, and driven professionals who work without supervision, managing themselves and others when required. They provide a quality service, whilst working to the highest standards and continuously developing their personal and professional skills. An Advanced and Creative Hair Professional works in the hair industry, which is one of the largest, most trusted and fashion forward professions. They take ownership of their work and client lists, accept responsibility, are proactive, flexible and adaptable, plan their work and time, they aim for excellence by taking exceptional pride in their work and industry. The work environment can be varied in size, style and ambiance, from a bespoke salon, the media industry, cruise ships, product houses and manufacturers to luxury high-end hair salon.  They are highly skilled and experienced individual professionals who deliver hair fashion forward trends, which are innovative styles inspired by current images and their own creativity, individual flair, imagination and interpretation.

Apprentice roles and responsibilities

An Advanced and Creative Hair Professional:

  • demonstrates professionalism by maintaining confidentiality and discretion
  • researches fashion forward trends, using the results to create, plan and promote a collection of hairstyle looks that reflects their own individuality
  • analyses the factors that influence the design and creation of the collection of hairstyle looks, including the target audience
  • designs a range of looks to create a fashion forward collection of hairstyle looks
  • maintains effective and safe methods of working
  • uses and adapt a range of sectioning and cutting guidelines, creative and precision techniques and technical skills to create and enhance the collection of hairstyle looks
  • carries out precision and personalised cutting tailored to individual client characteristics
  • formulates imaginative creative advanced colour conversion services to change the depth and tone of the hair
  • uses a range of creative finishing and dressing techniques, advanced creative colouring techniques to enhance the collection of hairstyle looks
  • presents, showcases and promotes their skills though their collection of hairstyle looks via a variety of media types and platforms
  • provides a smoothing strengthening service to clients
  • carries out in-depth consultation and complex analysis of the hair
  • uses and applies the products, tools and equipment, in accordance with legal requirements, manufacturers’ instructions and salon policy
  • provides advice on future services and products
  • evaluates the results of the service to improve further practice

Typical Job Roles: Creative hair stylists, Advanced senior stylists, Senior hair professional or Specialist technicians

Knowledge, skills and behaviours

Knowledge Skills, and behaviours for an Advanced and Creative Hair Professional

Skills and knowledgeAn Advanced and Creative Hair Professional is able to:An Advanced and Creative Hair Professional Knows and Understands:
Use fashion forward trends in hair, creative and precision techniques to create a collection of hairstyle looksResearches fashion forward trends

Research fashion trends using the results to plan, design, create, produce and present a fashion forward hairstyle collection, identifying the purpose and message of the given collection. Analyse factors influencing the design and creation of the collection of hairstyle looks including the target audience.

Create a collection of hairstyle looks

Carry out in-depth consultation and complex analysis of the client hair to plan, create and style the collection of hairstyle looks. Maintain effective and safe methods of working and effective communication whilst creating the collection of hair looks.

Use and adapt a range of technical skills to create   a collection of hairstyle looks using:

  • sectioning and cutting guidelines to achieve the required look
  • precision and personalised cutting techniques tailored to suit individual characteristics
  • creative finishing and dressing techniques
  • advanced creative colouring

Use a range of products, tools and equipment in accordance with legal requirements, manufacturers’ instructions and salon policy.

 

Present a collection of hair looks

Present and promote the collection internally using a visual medium. Evaluate the results of the collection against the research results to improve further practice.

Researches fashion forward trends

The principles and stages of planning, researching and developing fashion forward trends, different media types and platforms. How to promote fashion forward collection of hairstyle looks using a choice of media to target a specific market, individuals or groups.  How a collection of hairstyle looks can be used to promote individuals and salons. The legal responsibilities when using images.

Create a collection of hairstyle looks

How to create the collection of hairstyle looks using a range of models and methods of recording the collection. Health & safety legislation, safe working practices and effective communication related to creating a collection of hairstyle looks. How to complete an in-depth complex analysis of the client hair. The influencing factors and individual characteristics which need to be considered when collection of hairstyle looks.

How to create the collection of hairstyle looks using a range of models and methods of recording the collection

Sectioning and cutting guidelines

How and when to use sectioning and cutting guidelines. Different sectioning patterns to create round, square, triangular shapes

Precision and personalised cutting techniques for example: Geometric, asymmetric, disconnection, A line bob/inverted bob

Cutting techniques to include: graduating, layering, thinning, tapering, club cutting, freehand, advanced texturizing (slide cutting, channel cutting, point cutting, slicing), undercutting, disconnecting razor cutting, close cutting (scissor or clipper over comb, fading, neckline shapes) precision cutting (solid edge and zero elevation), clipper work.

Preparation, fashion styling, dressing and finishing techniques that can be used to create the look.

The use of products, tools and equipment in accordance with legal requirements, manufacturers’ instructions and salon policy

Present a collection of hair looks

The process of evaluating the success of the final collection using appropriate evaluation tools to demonstrate the effectiveness and success.

Methods of presenting showcasing and promoting the collection of hairstyle looks internally using a visual medium.

Smoothing and Strengthening servicesClient consultation

Maintain effective and safe methods of working and effective communication whilst completing smoothing and strengthening services. Carry out in-depth complex analysis of the client hair and scalp to plan and agree the smoothing and strengthening services.

 

Smoothing and Strengthening

Use and apply products, tools and equipment, to smooth and strengthen clients’ hair to the degree of straightness required. Resolve problems that may occur during and after the hair smoothing and strengthening process. Use a range of products, tools and equipment in accordance with legal requirements, manufacturers’ instructions and salon policy.

Evaluate the results of the service and provide advice on future services and products.

Client consultation

Health & safety legislation, safe working practices and effective communication related to smoothing and strengthening services. How to complete an in-depth complex analysis of the client hair and scalp for smoothing and strengthening services.

Smoothing and Strengthening

The scientific principles of smoothing and strengthening systems. The different factors that can impact smoothing and strengthening services. Legal requirements and manufacturer’s instructions relating to smoothing and strengthening services. The types of smoothing and strengthening systems, products, tools and equipment, their application, and removal. The considerations to be taken when smoothing and strengthening hair.The types of problems that may occur during the smoothing and strengthening service. Maintenance and aftercare including future services and products.

Advanced creative colour conversionClient Consultation

Maintain effective and safe methods of working and effective communication whilst completing Creative colour conversion services. Carry out tests and an in-depth complex consultation of the client hair and scalp to plan and agree the creative colour conversion service. Analyse factors influencing the selection of the colour conversion technique used.

Creative Colour conversion

Provide an creative colour conversion service to change the depth and tone of the hair in accordance with legal requirements and manufacturer’s instructions.

Creative Colour conversion services to include:

  • Using creative sectioning techniques to personalise the colour result and enhance the finished look
  • toning through bespoke creative formulation, colour blending/shading

Resolve problems that may occur during creative colour conversion service

Advanced colour conversion (correction)

  • removing artificial colour
  • removing bands of colour
  • recolouring hair treated with lightener
  • using pre-pigmentation and colour
  • recolouring hair that has had artificial colour removed
  • correcting highlights and lowlights.

Uses and applies the products, tools and equipment, in accordance  with legal requirements, manufacturers’ instructions and salon policy.

Products

  • semi- permanent, quasi (mildly oxidising), permanent colour, pre-lighteners, colour removers for artificial colour.

Complete and evaluate the results of the service and provide advice on future services, aftercare and products.

Client Consultation

Health & safety legislation, safe working practices and effective communication related to creative colour conversion. The scientific principles of hair colour conversion services. Relevant tests. How to complete an in-depth complex consultation for advanced creative Colour conversion. The different factors that can impact hair colour conversion services. Why it is important to consider the effects of the client’s hair and scalp health and condition when deciding on products, techniques and services used. The factors to be taken into account when planning and agreeing the creative colour conversion service and course of action. Legal requirements and manufacturer’s instructions relating to creative and advanced colour conversion.  The considerations to be taken into account when applying creative colour conversion techniques.

Creative Colour conversion

The specialist products and techniques used in hair colour conversion services to include: the types of tools, materials, equipment, sectioning techniques, application techniques and how and when to use them. How and why pre and post treatments should be used when carrying out colour conversion services. The reasons for pre-softening and pre-pigmenting hair. How to create tone, shading and blending.

Bespoke creative colour formulation, sectioning and application techniques.

 Advanced colour conversion (correction)

Methods of applying and removing colour products. Methods of pre-softening and pre-pigmenting hair. How to remove artificial colour/ bands of colour. How to recolour hair previously treated with lighteners using pre-pigmentation and permanent colour/ that has had artificial colour removed. The importance of restoring the hair’s pH balance after the colour correction service. The types and causes of colour correction problems that may occur during processing and how to rectify them. How to correct highlights and lowlights whilst retaining a highlight and lowlight effect. How to use creative sectioning techniques to personalise the colour result and enhance the finished look.

Products, tools and equipment used in advanced colour conversion (correction)

The considerations to be taken into account when using advanced colour conversion techniques.

Maintenance and aftercare including future services and products.

 

BehavioursThe following behaviours underpin the delivery of services for Advanced and Creative Hair Professionals ensuring that clients/customers receive a positive impression of the organisation and the individual

  1. Facilitates safe working practices: ensures safety of self and others, challenges safety issues
  2. Problem solving: works to identify and ensure root causes are resolved, demonstrating a tenacious approach
  3. Flexible and adaptable: flexibility to changing working environment and demands. Demonstrates and encourages curiosity to foster new ways of thinking and working
  4. Creativity: demonstrates individual flair and imagination using fashion forward trends in hair and approaches to their work
  • Professional Development: promote own professional development, embraces continual development and improvement.
Entry Requirements
  • Hair professional or equivalent qualification level 2 qualification
  • Candidates will be required to be employed in a hairdressing salon and have salon industry experience at level 2

Ongoing training and assessments will be provided by the employer and college. Assessment in the workplace is an essential component of the programme.

English and maths:

The apprentice must achieve level 2 English and maths prior to taking their end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

What Can I Do Next?

There are a range of career opportunities including senior stylist, work on cruise liners and theatrical work.

Assessment

This section sets out the requirements for end-point assessment (EPA) for the Advanced and Creative Hair Professional apprenticeship standard. It is for end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) who need to know how EPA for this apprenticeship must operate. It will also be of interest to Advanced and Creative Hair Professional apprentices, their employers and training providers.

Full time apprentices will typically spend 12 months on-programme (before the gateway) working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. All apprentices will spend a minimum of 12 months on-programme.

The EPA period should only start, and the EPA be arranged, once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard, all of the pre-requisite gateway requirements for EPA have been met and that they can be evidenced to an EPAO.

All pre-requisites for EPA assessment methods must also be complete and available for the assessor as necessary.

For level 3 apprenticeships and above apprentices without English and mathematics at level 2 must achieve level 2 prior to taking their EPA. The EPA must be completed within an EPA period typically lasting a maximum of three months, beginning when the apprentice has passed the EPA gateway.

The EPA consists of three discrete assessment methods. The individual assessment methods will have the following grades:

Assessment method 1: Knowledge Test
· Fail
· Pass
Assessment method 2: Observation and questioning
· Fail
· Pass
· Distinction
Assessment method 3: Professional Discussion
· Fail
· Pass
· Distinction

Information for Employers

How is my business going benefit from an Apprentice?

Apprentices are an excellent way to support your business and can be instrumental in its growth. Apprentices are a way of harnessing new talent and training them to your businesses standards, expectations and specific needs. Apprentices help to support the day to day running of the salon, allowing stylists to concentrate on building their clientele.

What will this cost my business?

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 has changed the way that government funds apprenticeships in England. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year.
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships.
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

As the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Essex, we can provide expert advice and guidance on all areas of apprenticeship provision, including helping you find the right apprenticeship for your business, recruiting apprentices, quality delivery and assessment with on-going support and advice.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

Candidates will attend college for 6-8 hours per week

What about support in the workplace?

Your allocated assessor will make regular visits to the salon, supporting the apprentice by working with the employer to help the apprentice undertake awarding body standards.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.
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Advanced and Creative Hair Professional Level 3 Apprenticeship
Course Outline: Advanced and Creative Hair Professional Apprenticeship is a level 3 qualification.

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
Duration12 - 18 months
CampusColchester Campus
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£5,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£250

Employer Information

Our Business Solutions team will work with you to recruit an Apprentice to your business, advertising the vacancy and managing applications, as well as providing a dedicated account manager and personal 1:1 advice and guidance on apprenticeships.

01206 712727 – Employer Enquiries (Courses Bookings)
07983 430821 – Employer Enquiries (Apprenticeships)
07375 929673 – Employer Enquiries (Account Management)

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

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