Training

Our Courses

Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals
Why Andrew Collinge?

We are at the forefront of hairdressing training with our own purpose built training salons and an award winning chain of salons across the North West. Hairdresser training is at the heart of what we do and our team of educators are dedicated to ensuring all of our Apprentices receive the best training possible. Joining Andrew Collinge means being part of a heritage of greatness.

Will hairdressing suit me?

Hairdressing is a fast moving, fashion orientated business, so you will need to be creative, have artistic ability, enjoy meeting people and have a natural aptitude and plenty of energy.

What qualifications or skills do I need before I start?

The Level 2 Diploma (previously NVQ2) begins your journey to become a hair professional, so you don’t need any hairdressing qualifications beforehand. You will need an average level of English and Maths and any prior hairdressing work experience will be of benefit. It is also important that you have the ability to take an active part in studying for your hairdressing qualification and have good employability skills such as reliability, communication and teamwork.

You should also come equipped with the creativity to design and interpret hairstyles, customer service and people skills, an awareness of fashion and current trends and a willingness to learn new hairdressing techniques and methods.

What is your recruitment process?
andrew collinge recruitment process
What will I learn during my Hair Professional Apprenticeship?

During your apprenticeship you will learn how to:

  • Consult with clients and provide appropriate care
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Cut hair using an increased range of techniques
  • Style and finish hair
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • Perm hair
  • Demonstrate professionalism and high standards in all activities
  • Behave and communicate in a way that responds to client’s expectations and employer needs
  • Follow and maintain safe working practices

Training will also provide bespoke enrichment activities which could include hair extensions, colour masterclasses and preparing for hair professional end-point assessment to further enhance your development and ultimate success. All Hair Professional apprentices will, when ready, be assessed externally with a full day of activity arranged to confirm competence.

andrew collinge recruitment process
When does the course start and how long is it?

The next apprenticeship course starts week commencing the 23 July 2018 and will last approximately 24 months, depending on your individual needs. You will be required before this date for interview and initial assessment at Andrew Collinge Training and for employer interview and/or trial days to secure your employed apprenticeship place; please call us for more details.

Where is the course held?

Depending on your location and that of your employer, you will be learning in either our Bold Street training centre, Liverpool L1 4HF or in our Birkenhead training centre, Milton Pavement, CH41 2YA. When you are not in the training centre you will be with your employer learning in the workplace, with days and hours agreed within your apprenticeship contract of employment.

What will my working hours be?

You would be expected to be in learning for a minimum of 32 hours a week and a maximum of 40. This includes your time spent at one of our training centres, which will be 1 day per week, plus the days and hours per week agreed with your employer and detailed in your apprenticeship contract of employment.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

You Will Need To Provide

  • A4 Ring Binder File
  • Dividers & plastic wallets
  • Pens & pencils etc.
  • A4 Notebook
  • Hairdryer

We Will Provide

  • All Bespoke booklets
  • E-portfolio license
  • Any personal protective equipment needs

Purchase from Andrew Collinge Training

  • Large Tool Pouch
  • Tool Bag
  • Denman Thermo Brushes
  • Scissors
  • Large Carbon Comb
  • Jaguar A Line Combs
  • Denman Small Paddle Brush
  • Denman Large Paddle Brush
  • Denman Vent Brush
  • Training Head
  • Section Clips
  • Andrew Collinge Training Canvas Bag
  • 4 x Andrew Collinge black T-shirts – 2 provided in the 1st year & 2nd in the 2nd year
andrew collinge training kit

Total cost: Approximately £200

Andrew Collinge Training Dress Code

The black AC t-shirt must be worn with black bottoms and sensible black shoes or boots (no open-toed footwear). No rings or bracelets are allowed in college, but a watch is recommended.

What will I earn on the course?

As an employed apprentice your employer will provide you with at least the national minimum hourly wage for apprentices, for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Your employer will agree your hours and days with you and be able to advise you of actual earnings once they have confirmed your apprenticeship employment.

How much does the course cost?

An apprenticeship is fully funded by HM government for all 16-18 year olds. Applicants aged 19 or above will receive free training provided their employer agrees to contribute 10% towards their training costs.

What can I do once I finish the course?

Finishing your Level 2 Diploma means you are most likely to be permanent work with your employer. You will be considered a junior stylist and can decide to progress further moving on to the Level 3 Diploma for Senior Hair Professionals

What is your code of conduct? What is expected of me?

We are at the forefront of hairdressing and expect our apprentices to behave in a manner befitting of the Andrew Collinge name.

You are expected to remain professional at all times and present the very best version of yourself to clients, employers, tutors and your co-workers.

You are also expected to abide by the dress code of a black Andrew Collinge t-shirt with black bottoms and sensible black shoes or boots (no open-toed footwear). No rings or bracelets are allowed in college, but a watch is recommended.

How do I sign up?

You can start by coming to one of our open evenings. These are one hour sessions wherein parents are given an information session and potential apprentices will get the chance to meet apprentices, current stylists and do a bit of hands on practical activity.

Our open evenings for 2018 are held:

January
Birkenhead – Monday 22nd January – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM
Liverpool – Tuesday 23rd January – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM

February
Birkenhead – Tuesday 27th February – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM
Liverpool – Wednesday 28th February – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM

March
Birkenhead – Wednesday 21st March – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM
Liverpool – Thursday 22nd March – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM

April
Birkenhead – Monday 16th April – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM
Liverpool – Tuesday 17th April – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM

Click here to register for an Open Evening.

Or click here to apply directly to the course.

Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma
Why Andrew Collinge?

Andrew Collinge Training is at the forefront of hairdressing training with our own purpose built training salons and an award winning chain of salons across the North West. Hairdresser training is at the heart of what we do and our team of educators are dedicated, passionate and current Industry professionals, ensuring Advanced Apprentices move up in both skill and knowledge development, with the ability to deliver the highest standard and quality of customer care and creativity.

What qualifications or skills do I need before I start?

You will need to have previously achieved either a NVQ Level 2 or Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing.

What will the course cover?

An Advanced Apprenticeship will deliver increased learning and skill development, a greater degree of:

  • Hair cutting ability, to include hair thinning and texturizing techniques
  • Understanding and ability to deliver client personalisation
  • Creative colouring use and in-depth client consultation
  • Ability to deal with all manner of hairdressing styles, methods and clients
andrew collinge recruitment process
When does the course start and how long is it?

The next advanced apprenticeship course starts 23 July 2018 and will last approximately 12 months, depending on your individual needs. You will be required before this date for interview and initial assessment to include a trade test; please call us for more details.

Where is the course held?

You will be learning in our Bold Street training centre, Liverpool L1 4HF for one day per week. When you are not in the training centre you will be with your employer learning in the workplace, with days and hours agreed within your advanced apprenticeship contract of employment.

What will my working hours be?

For 42 weeks of the year you would be expected to be in learning for a minimum of 32 hours a week. This includes your time spent at one of our training centre, which will be 1 day per week, plus the days and hours per week agreed with your employer and detailed in your apprenticeship contract of employment.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

To support your learning you will need to bring in items of stationery and these will be explained during the application and enrolment process. It is expected that you will already have a Hairdressing Kit of essential items and that you will provide this throughout training to support your ability to work with clients and provide the services required.

What will I earn while on the course?

As an employed apprentice your employer will provide you with at least the national minimum hourly wage for apprentices, for a minimum of 30 hours per week. It is likely you will be earning more than this, and your earnings will have been agreed by your employer according to the hours/ days and possible clientele you have built up during your previous level two apprenticeship.

How much does the course cost?

An advanced apprenticeship is fully funded by HM government for all 16-18 year olds. Applicants aged 19 or above will receive free training provided their employer agrees to contribute 10% towards their training costs.

What can I do once I finish the course?

When you achieve your Level 3 Diploma the world of hairdressing will be open to you. Your employer is likely to want you to remain working in their salon as a fully-fledged stylist. You will have skills that will enable you to gain work elsewhere if this opportunity is not available or you may want to do photographic session work, work in film and television, do freelance work, work abroad and on cruise liners or in hotels or a pick up on a host of other opportunities and possibilities.

How do I sign up?

Please complete the Level Three Diploma for Apprentices application form here and we will be in contact with you shortly.

Private Courses
What are private courses

Our private courses are for those who wish to learn to become a hairdresser and gain a qualification without doing an apprenticeship.

Who are private courses aimed at?

Our private courses appeals to older students that are keen to gain a qualification quickly and learn in a more focused environment.

How much does a private course cost?

The cost of the Andrew Collinge Training private course in Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals (previously NVQ2) is £4,000 (inc. VAT). This sum will cover:

  • Registration and Certification fees
  • Training and Assessment
  • Salon workplace review
  • E-Portfolio licence and use
What do you get from a private course qualification?
  • Hairdressing training leading to achievement of a Level 2 Hairdressing Professional Diploma
  • On successful completion, you will be a competent and confident commercial hairdresser
What would be my commitments in order to take the course?

The course commences on 6th September. You would need to commit 3 days per week

  • 1 day of classroom led knowledge and skill development
  • 1 day of practical, commercial hairdressing in the Andrew Collinge Training salon
  • 1 day unpaid work experience in a partner salon
How does a private course differ from an apprenticeship?
  • The qualification you receive will be the same as if you took an apprenticeship
  • A private course is funded by yourself
  • You will not be employed by a salon on a private course
  • Delivery will focus on achievement of the Level 2 Hairdressing Diploma only (no wider apprenticeship curriculum requirements)
  • There is no requirement for Maths and English functional skills
  • The planned duration of the course is shorter – typically 12-14 months versus 24 months for an apprenticeship
  • Limited class size – maximum of 8 students
  • You will be able to attend Masterclasses by the Andrew Collinge Creative Team (two per calendar year)
Will I need to bring anything with me?

You Will Need To Provide

  • A4 Ring Binder File
  • Dividers & plastic wallets
  • Pens & pencils etc.
  • A4 Notebook
  • Hairdryer

We Will Provide

  • All Bespoke booklets
  • E-portfolio license
  • Any personal protective equipment needs

Purchase from Andrew Collinge Training

  • Large Tool Pouch
  • Tool Bag
  • Denman Thermo Brushes
  • Scissors
  • Large Carbon Comb
  • Jaguar A Line Combs
  • Denman Small Paddle Brush
  • Denman Large Paddle Brush
  • Denman Vent Brush
  • Training Head
  • Section Clips
  • Andrew Collinge Training Canvas Bag
  • 4 x Andrew Collinge black T-shirts – 2 provided in the 1st year & 2nd in the 2nd year
andrew collinge training kit

Total cost: Approximately £200

Andrew Collinge Training Dress Code

The black AC t-shirt must be worn with black bottoms and sensible black shoes or boots (no open-toed footwear). No rings or bracelets are allowed in college, but a watch is recommended.

How do I apply for a private course?

To apply for a private course, please click here and fill in the information therein. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0151 709 5942.

What Course is right for me?
I don’t have any experience whatsoever, what course should I take?

The Level 2 Diploma (previously NVQ2) begins your journey to become a hair professional, so you don’t need any hairdressing qualifications beforehand. You will need an average level of English and Maths and any prior hairdressing work experience will be of benefit.

I’ve done my Level 2 Diploma/NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing, what do I take now?

If you’ve done your Level 2 Diploma or have an NVQ Level 2, the next step in your journey is the Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma (previously NVQ Level 3).

I'm an older student but I would l still like to learn to be a hairdresser

Our private courses appeals to older students that are keen to gain a qualification quickly and learn in a more focused environment.

What career pathways can I take?
Salons

This is the more usual career path, generally beginning as a first year apprentice, moving on to an advanced apprentice and once qualified becoming a salon stylist. Some salons will have further development opportunities such as:

  • Colour and/or Perming Technician
  • Senior or Creative Stylist
  • Salon supervisor
  • Salon Manager

It should also be noted that some salons are no longer employing hairstylists and offer self-employed opportunities within their environments. Terms and conditions will be similar to working within a department store/ Hotels/ Spa or Health Farm

Retail (Selling Products)

Hairdressers can sell retail in the salon and expect to earn around 10% of their sales. Retailing products alone is generally not a viable way of earning an income, and simply supplements the earnings of a typical hairdresser who offers services in a salon.

Hairdressing product manufacturers/ wholesalers

However, hairdressers can leave the salon all together and work for Hairdressing manufacturers, e.g. Wella, L’Oreal as sales representatives. This involves visiting salons to take orders for stock, as well as seeking out new accounts. Earnings range from £20K to £45K per year. Product houses are pleased to employ qualified hairdressers to sell/ promote and often train salon staff in the use and value of their products. These roles can develop from local to regional and possibly national perspectives.

Cruise Ships

Cruise ships are a different ball game. Hairdressers are usually paid “commission only” at 8% of their services and products. e.g. If the hairdresser takes £100 in hair services, they will be paid £8 by the employer. Wages on all cruise ships are generally paid in US dollars, and are tax free. Bed, board and food are provided by the employer, although sometimes this is at a cost to the employee.

Salons within Department Stores/ Hotels/ Spa’s & Health Farms and/or Holiday resorts

If a hairdresser works in any of the above, they will usually work in a designated salon space. The salon will usually be privately owned by a company (or person) who either rents the salon from the hotel, or has a concession agreement (where they pay a certain percentage of their takings to the hotel manager).

For the staff employed in the salon, they can expect to earn the same as hairdressers in other salons, although frequently, the work will be more blowdrys and hair-up than cutting and colour services so can attract less tips.

TV/Theatre/Session Stylist

Hairdressers working in TV/theatre are always freelance qualified hairstylists, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience and most will have the ability to apply make-up to the actors.

The hours are very long, and the procurement of future work relies solely on the hairdresser’s ability to network with casting directors for their next job.

Generally at first, there is no pay at all. The hairdresser must work for free on many projects as an “assistant”. During this time, they need to build up their contact list with everyone they meet, in hope of being asked to work on an upcoming production or film.

Once the hairdresser has proven themselves, they can expect to earn anywhere between £100 to £1000 per week.

Session stylists are similar, but are generally paid for the ‘session’ time required. Session stylists will be used on photography ‘collections’ at fashion shows or specific hairdressing exhibitions or events.

Mobile Hairdressing

Mobile hairdressers, and those working from home, can earn very good amounts of money as they get to keep 100% of what they earn (after taxes). However, if the hairdresser becomes ill, or pregnant, or cannot work at all, they will receive no money. Also, it is very difficult to sell a mobile hairdressing business or be accepted back into salon employment after being a mobile hairdresser. It is known throughout the industry that mobile hairdressers find it very difficult to keep up with the fashions as they are not exposed to the training and introduction of new techniques, that salon workers get.

Hospitals/ Care Homes/ Nursing Homes

Not many hairdressers work full time in any of the above, although with specific cancer care departments and clinics it could be possible. Generally though, places like hospices and residential care or nursing homes have mobile hairdressers who visit and wash/style the patients hair.

Similar to mobile hairdressing however, the range of services required could be limited and training/ development will be at your own cost and procurement.

Hairdressing Training centre/College/ School

Hairdressers working in a training centre or training school enjoy many perks. They are likely to have more holidays than other hairdressers, due to the half term breaks, 6 weeks holidays etc., and can be highly paid.

Those working in a “technical college” can expect industry rates of around £15+ per hour – but nowadays may be offered only temporary or shorter hour contracts which can be less secure and have to be re-negotiated each term.

Those working in privately owned training schools are generally paid much lower amounts but are sometimes given performance bonuses if the training school passes it’s targets for things like retention or achievement rates etc.

It should be noted that hairdressing qualifications will not be sufficient in the long term. Training centres, colleges or schools will expect you to either have or be working towards a recognised teaching qualification.

Prisons

With many prisons, male and female, having training programmes offered to inmates, there are opportunities for qualified hairdressers to work within them. Similar to hairdressers working in a training centre/ college or school, you will be teaching and/or training inmates. Due to the risk factor, this route generally offers higher salaries with good terms and conditions.

Trichology

With lots of extra training and study at university for 4 years, hairdressers might go down the path of becoming a trichologist (a person who studies the science of the structure, function and diseases of the human hair). Pay can range from £25K- £40K per annum.

Open Evenings
What are open evenings?

Open evenings are a great chance for you to get to know what it’s like to be an apprentice with Andrew Collinge. They also give you the chance to learn more about the program.

They are one hour sessions wherein parents are given an information session and potential apprentices will get the chance to meet apprentices, current stylists and do a bit of hands on practical activity.

When are the open evenings held?

Our open evenings for 2018 are held:

January
Birkenhead – Monday 22nd January – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM
Liverpool – Tuesday 23rd January – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM

February
Birkenhead – Tuesday 27th February – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM
Liverpool – Wednesday 28th February – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM

March
Birkenhead – Wednesday 21st March – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM
Liverpool – Thursday 22nd March – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM

April
Birkenhead – Monday 16th April – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM
Liverpool – Tuesday 17th April – 4.30-5.30 or 5.30-6.30PM

Click here to register.

How do I go to an open evening?

You’ll need to register your interest here and we will be in touch.


Other Information

Parents/Guardians
What qualifications will my young person need to take up a hairdressing career?

A good GCSE grade in Maths and English is preferable but not essential. Any previous work experience in the industry is also of value. Other than this we will support your young person to develop their skills and work towards their hairdressing qualification supported by functional skills in Maths and English.

What happens if he/she decides it is not for them?

From course commencement there is a six week probationary period when the young person will be assessed for their suitability but also they can experience what is involved more effectively and can change their mind if they find it is not for them. Andrew Collinge staff will support them to look at different options providing high quality information, advice and guidance.

What is the difference between hairdressing in a college or an Independent training provider?

Because these are apprenticeship programmes it is likely that colleges and training providers work very similarly. Differences in delivery design however can mean some training providers/ colleges deliver through peripatetic training and assessment and this is all done within the employer workplace. Andrew Collinge training do not use this method, your son/daughter will work in their employer salon for four days a week and attend training at one of our training centres for one day per week. Training centres operate very well equipped commercial training salons with a recent Ofsted inspection reporting: “Apprentices develop their skills and knowledge in outstanding industry-standard training salons”.

What kind of commitment will be expected?

It is expected that any apprentice will abide by our code of conduct, with good attendance; punctuality; behaviour and attitude. They will attend training for a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours per week and this will be spread across the working week and include their training day. Apprentices are paid for each of the hours they work at the apprentice rate according to their age.

What happens when they finish and achieve their level two apprenticeship?

We would hope that any achiever at level two would want to move on and progress to an advanced level apprenticeship, thereby securing their position and ability to offer services to a wide range of clients. It is likely that the employer will want to retain them and those that choose not to progress will generally stay in their salon as an employed junior stylist. There are many career options and opportunities open to a qualified hairdresser, please see our careers page for more information.

It is also useful to know that should they achieve level two – equivalent to 5 GCSE’s and then level 3 – equivalent to 2 A Levels, they can decide to take on further study either through higher apprenticeship or a relevant foundation degree.

Why should we choose Andrew Collinge Training?

Andrew Collinge Training is a good provider with good success rates and apprenticeship progression. A particular strength is the excellence of our hairdressing delivery and hairdressing skill development. Employer and learner satisfaction rates are high at 91% and 90.8% respectively. Teaching staff work in the industry as commercial salon stylists, they know what clients and employers are looking for and use this knowledge to ensure teaching is current and on trend. Please see some of our case studies (where ‘case studies’ links through to the case studies page) on and let our apprentices speak for themselves.

Employers
Why should I choose Andrew Collinge?

Andrew Collinge Training work with approximately 120+ employers across the North West with 91% of employers stating

  • They would highly recommend Andrew Collinge Training to others.
  • Andrew Collinge Training’s ability to deliver training that reflects up-to-date industry practices is good to outstanding.

Here are just some of the services you can expect from us

  • Own designated Employer Relationship Officer to deal with queries and offer 1-1 support.
  • An ‘employer pack’ with succinct, relevant reference materials and useful delivery information.
  • A clear ‘contract of services’ outlining our commitments and your, including those relating to funding regulations and potential incentive payments.
  • Timely and accurate payment of any 16-18 year old apprentice support payments at three and twelve months respectively.
  • Easy payment terms relating to any 10% contributions for apprentices aged 19+.
  • Outstanding training delivery of the new Hair Professional standard, designed by employers to meet the needs of the industry.
  • Training and assessment delivered by professional staff who work commercially in Andrew Collinge salons.
  • Use of e-portfolio for each apprentice, providing you with access to immediate and up to date information on your apprentices progress and achievements.
  • High quality English and Maths improvement for each apprentice, increasing an apprentice’s employability skills.
  • Support with the selection of an End Point Assessment organisation.
  • Provision of an annual Masterclass available to associate employers.
  • Annual excursions open to your apprentice to high quality professional Industry events, e.g. Pro Hair Live.
  • Annual inter-salon competitions open to all apprentices, to develop creative ability and competitive spirit.

We are proud of our relationships with our employer associates and welcome new employers who want to work with us and can commit to our values, beliefs and objectives.

If you would like us to train your apprentice/s you can contact us (where ‘contact us’ links through to the contact page) and we shall get back to you.

I work or would like to work with Andrew Collinge and I need Apprentices this year, how do I arrange this?
Apprenticeship Reform: Why are things changing?

From May 2017 we will see the biggest change to vocational skills apprenticeship delivery for a generation. For some time a Trailblazer group of hairdressing employers have been developing new standards that will replace current apprenticeship frameworks and are aimed at providing all employers with industry ready apprentices on their training completion.

Apprenticeship Reform: What’s changing?

Briefly the reforms are:

  • Replacing the existing complex frameworks with short, simple, accessible apprenticeship standards describing the skills and knowledge that an individual needs to be fully competent in.
  • Improving the quality of apprenticeships through higher expectations, more rigorous testing to ensure the apprentice is fully competent and raising aspirations for apprentices by introducing grading at the end of the apprenticeship.
  • Giving employers control of the funding so that they become more demanding customers.

These changes will not affect existing apprentices, but will apply to new level two apprentices starting within our recruitment period from July to September 2017 and each year thereafter.

What is the new Hair Professional Standard?

From July this year Andrew Collinge Training will be delivering the new Hair Professional Standard to all new start apprentices. The Hair Professional has been developed by employers to better suit industry requirements. Replacing the level two apprenticeship the new standard is more like a level two and a half, being more robust and having a larger range of technical skill requirement. The ultimate goal is to deliver competent Hair Professionals who are commercially work ready on learning completion.

The new standard has been developed by Trailblazer groups of industry specialist employers, with the aim of putting employers in control of designing the hairdressing apprenticeship, so on completion Hair Professionals are equipped with the skills and creativity that meet the needs of a salon business. Andrew was invited to be a part of Trailblazer activity and has worked hard to ensure the Hair Professional is suitably robust and we believe will meet the needs of all our partner employers.

As well as some changes to delivery content and breadth, all apprentices will need to undertake an end-point assessment. End-point assessment will be delivered by a separate impartial approved assessment organisation (AAO), and will be arranged when both you the employer and us as your training provider agree the apprentice is ready. Apprentices completing the Hair Professional end-point assessment will be graded as either a fail, pass or distinction.

What is the End Point Assessment?

As well as some changes to delivery content and breadth, all apprentices will need to undertake an end-point assessment. End-point assessment will be delivered by a separate impartial approved assessment organisation (AAO), and will be arranged when both you the employer and us as your training provider agree the apprentice is ready. Apprentices completing the Hair Professional end-point assessment will be graded as either a fail, pass or distinction.

Is Level 3 in place?

Within the next twelve months the Trailblazer group will also have developed a replacement for the current level 3 hairdressing framework. This means by 2019 we will have moved completely onto new standards, developed by employers for employers.

What funding changes do I need to know about if I recruit an apprentice?

If you are a small business employer, (having less than 50 staff) and you recruit a 16-18 year old apprentice, the government will pay 100% of the training cost throughout their apprenticeship.

Small businesses will also receive an additional payment for employing a new 16-18 year old apprentice. A total of £1000.00 per 16-18 year old apprentice, paid in two instalments of £500.00. The first payment after three months and the second on apprenticeship completion.

These payments will be provided to you by Andrew Collinge Training as and when the apprentice becomes eligible.

A similar *additional payment is also available if a small employer employs a 19-24 year old apprentice who was formerly in local authority care or who has an Education Health Care Plan. The new government reforms will now require all small employers who employ apprentice’s who are aged 19 or over on their start date (and who do not fit the criteria described above) to pay a 10% monetary training contribution. Andrew Collinge Training will discuss this 10% payment with you, prior to any apprentice aged 19 or over being recruited. Payment can be facilitated through regular monthly instalments which will be terminated should the apprentice leave your employment.

Why should I employ an apprentice over the age of 19?

When employing a 19+ year old apprentice, they often progress more rapidly, having increased maturity, responsibility and clear goals to succeed. The government has also for the first time, approved university graduates to apply and take up an apprenticeship, in recognition that in our industry even a degree does not provide you with the technical skills required for our demanding profession. We feel this could be a great opportunity for employers, often older apprentices can impact positively on the bottom-line more quickly than a 16-18 year old.

How will Andrew Collinge support me through the current reforms and changes?

As I am sure you can imagine, along with the reforms come a large number of changes to funding rules and regulation. More than ever it is important that we work together to ensure we provide the best experience to our Hair Professional apprentices and that we at Andrew Collinge Training provide you our partner/employers with an excellent service.

Here are just some of the services you can expect:

  • Your own designated Employer Relationship Manager to deal with queries and support our service to you
  • An ’employer pack’ with succinct, relevant reference materials and useful delivery Information
  • We will agree and sign with you, a clear, concise and compliant contract which outlines the roles and responsibilities of all parties and ensures funding regulations are effectively maintained
  • Timely and accurate payment of any 16-18 year old support payments due at the three month and completion period
  • Easy payment terms via direct debit for any 10% contributions for 19+ apprentices
  • Outstanding training delivery of the new Hair Professional standard for all new Level 2 apprentices, within an Andrew Collinge Training centre
  • Training and assessment delivered by professional staff who all work commercially in Andrew Collinge salons
  • Use of e-portfolio for each apprentice, providing you with access to immediate and up to date information on your apprentice’s progress and achievements
  • High quality English and Maths improvement for each apprentice, increasing an apprentice’s employability skills
  • Support with the selection of an End Point Assessment organisation
  • Provision of an annual Masterclass available to partner/employers
  • Annual excursions open to your apprentice to high quality professional Industry events, e.g. Pro Hair Live
  • Annual Inter-salon competitions open to all apprentices, to develop creative ability and competitive spirit
Our Training Centres
What are the training centres?

The training centres are where you will be learning as an Apprentice and contain a working training salon as well as classrooms.

Birkenhead Training Salon

31 Milton Pavement, The Grange, Birkenhead CH41 2YA
0151 647 4841

Liverpool Bold Street Training Salon

99 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HF
0151 709 4848

Case Studies
What's it like to train with Andrew Collinge?

We chatted to a selection of Apprenticeships that are undertaking their hairdressing training with Andrew Collinge Training to find out what it’s like to be an Apprentice with Andrew Collinge. You can read more about it here.


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