Below you’ll find answers to common questions we get asked about applying for apprenticeships. 

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.

In most cases we will come to you in your salon. We do offer opportunities to attend our Academies for learners if they are based within travelling distance of them. 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. Weekly 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!

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.

Send us your details using our enquiry form, visit our vacancies page or just send us your CV.

Don’t be shy! Tell us about yourself and why you'd like to be considered. Once we receive your application, we’ll pass it onto the most suitable salons and they will be in touch if they think you’re right for the job.

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.