At KM Training we offer internationally recognised NVQ Diploma Apprenticeships in a range of vocational sectors including:

  • Hairdressing
  • Barbering
  • Learning and Development.

All our Apprenticeships are designed to be achieved through continuous assessment by qualified assessors in realistic working environments and within the workplace. You will be given guided learning time to develop your practical skills, learn the knowledge you need to become and to be assessed to gain your qualification.

There are two levels of apprenticeships:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeships which are equivalent to 5 GCSE passes.
  • Advanced Apprenticeships which are equivalent to 2 ‘A’ Levels.

What does an Apprenticeship consist of?

  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Maths and English Functional Skills qualifications (Level 1 for Intermediate Apprenticeships and Level 2 for Advanced Apprenticeships)
  • Vocational NVQ Diploma of your choice
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PTLS)

Both types of Apprenticeships last a minimum of 12 months.

New apprenticeship standards

New apprenticeship standards are available as from 1 May 2017. They require the apprentice for barbering or hairdressing to achieve a higher level of professional competence than the current apprenticeship frameworks. These types of apprenticeships also include an end test in order to qualify. Therefore, these qualifications last a minimum of 18 months.

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Career Progression

As a qualified hairdresser and barber you may follow any number of career paths.
These include:
– Salon Management
– Working on a cruise liner
– Specialist technician in a salon
– Self-employment
– Teaching & assessing
– Sales & product retailing

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If you wish to pursue further qualifications here are some ideas:

– a degree in hairdressing through the University of Derby, Buxton for managers.
– trichology qualifications will specialise you to identify hair and scalp conditions.
– a certificate in education (PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS) will qualify you to teach.
– an assessor award will enable you to assess other learners.


You will have the opportunity to improve all your Functional Skills at KM Training as these are integrated into your course. Additional support for learners who experience specific needs, including dyslexia, is available.