Apprenticeships FAQ

Are you looking to start an apprenticeship but need a bit more information?

Saks Apprenticeships have answered some of the most frequently asked questions people ask us before they start an apprenticeship and even though we are a Hair and Beauty Apprenticeship specialist some of the answers to these questions will also be correct for other industries too.

You are required to work full time, which would be a minimum of 30 hours per week. If you are aged 18 or under, you will not be allowed to work more than 40 hours per week, or more than 8 hours per day.

You don't need to pass your GCSE's to start the apprenticeship, however you will need English and Maths to complete the program. 
Saks Apprenticeships will help you achieve this with our bespoke functional skills training as part of your apprenticeship.

In most cases we will come to you in your salon. We do offer opportunities to attend our Hairdressing Training Academies for learners that are based within travelling distance of them as well as open invites to weekly online training sessions in our Virtual Classrooms and access to our virtual learning environment with it's amazing library of learning materials. Our educator ran training is much more hands-on than a typical college course and gives you the skills, knowledge and behaviours to excel in your chosen career.

This is when you put all the skills you have learned to the test! When you are ready, you will carry out a number of services on clients, and an independent examiner will check to make sure your skills are top notch!

This depends on you! The harder you work, the faster you can achieve your apprenticeship. As a guide, an apprenticeship will take a minimum of 15 months to complete. At the start of the apprenticeship we will work with you and your employer to agree a training plan and timescales for achievement.

You will be an important part of the team, helping out in many areas of your profession in the salon. Regular training sessions will take place in the salon with a member of the salon team. A Saks Educator will visit the salon on a regular basis to deliver training, monitor your progression and help you to achieve. To achieve the apprenticeship there are different components such as practical assessments, written tests, oral questioning, portfolio building, and finally the end-point assessment.

Our apprentices have a 90% success rate, so there's a really good chance! The aim of our apprenticeships is for you to progress into a permanent position within the salon. In the event that there are no opportunities available once you have completed your apprenticeship, we will support you to find a position somewhere else!

No. an apprentice won't be charged for any part of the apprenticeship training. The government will cover all the costs if you are under 19 and 95% if you are over 19. The employer is expected to contribute the final 5%.

You will learn the skills knowledge and behaviours needed to excel in your chosen career. These skills vary depending on the apprenticeship you are looking to work towards, you can find a full breakdown of each apprenticeship on their dedicated page.





20% of your weekly working hours will be dedicated to training. Therefore, if you work 30 hours a week, you will need to complete 6 hours of training in that week.

Take a look at our apprenticeship vacancies pages. These pages list all our current opportunities and can be orted by location, apprenticeship and level.

To make it even easier you can dive straight into you nearest location from here...

You can also find a salon to work in yourself! Look around your local area and pop a CV in to them! If you find a salon who'd like to take you on, contact us and we'll do the rest.

Since the introduction of the Hair Professional Standard Apprenticeships,  Apprentices are taught the theory of cutting, colouring and styling of all hair types/classifications as part of the course.

Apprentices also need to demonstrate that they have worked on a variety of hair classifications to pass their course (with extremely curly hair being type 4).

However, because of the demographics of the UK (with only 4.5% of the population being black British or dual heritage) we cannot enforce that apprentices MUST have cut and styled extremely curly type 4 hair as part of their course because it would significantly disadvantage many apprentices (particularly those living outside of the UK’s major cities) and mean that many would be unable to complete their qualifications.

The way this new standard has been written is to ensure that all learners have a fair and accessible chance of completing they're qualifications according to the demographics of their working area.