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Hairdressing/Barbering Traineeship at Michaeljohn Training School

Course description

Michaeljohn Training is an independent specialist hairdressing and barbering academy based in the trendy Northern Quarter, the style hub of Manchester city centre.  Michaeljohn educators are recruited to provide excellent training, reflecting current fashion techniques. From cutting to colouring the training is inspirational and personalised to you. This is why we have educated hundreds of hairdressers over the last 30 years who are now salon owners, managers, technicians, assessors, TV and video session stylists. Whichever way you want to take your career, Michaeljohn will provide the skills to help you get there. We really do provide the path to help turn your dreams of tomorrow into a reality of today.

All our Traineeship learners gain valuable employability and hairdressing skills, This is a ideally a great beginners pathway to hairdressing or barbering as it is a more guided and supported 16 week work experience program. The main advantage of carrying out this program prior to doing an apprenticeship with us is that it has been proven to increase the success rates of learners who later go on to securing an apprenticeship placement in any of our 250 salons (based locally to where you live) as it helps shape learners into better candidates with a good work ethic for the role of becoming a salon junior. 

Skills learnt within this course:

CV help and guidance

Build confidence in both self belief and hairdressing

Gain valuable experience working in a real salon environment

Learn interview and trial tips and techniques

Learn how to wash and blow dry hair to salon standards

Learn the role of a salon junior - making refreshments, answering client phone calls, greeting clients and cleaning stylist stations ect.

Becoming a refined ideal Apprentice candidate

Michaeljohn provides City & Guilds courses on day release.

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Course content

This course aims to:

Help learners achieve certificated qualifications in maths and english

Gain valuable employability and hairdressing skills working in the hairdressing industry

Helps refine learners into the perfect ideal Apprentice candidates

During your time on this course: 

As a learner you will receive payments towards meals and travel while on your placement.from both the salon owner and from us as your training provider

As a learners you will undertake a individualised programme of training to meet both your needs and ultimately, your future employers..

All our Learners are given the opportunity to experience all aspects of the hairdressing industry both in your placement salon and whilst attending the Training School as we are also a working day to day salon in central Manchester..

Training and theory aspects of this course are delivered by staff who are of the highest expertise with regards to the fast ever changing hairdressing industry of today. All eduction provided on this program is individualised to learners, by being able to achieve this we have found that this personal approach helps us create distinguished trainees creating excellent candidates for our apprenticeship program, this really does enable us to create hairdressers for the future.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course do not require any previous industry experience, nor are there any entry requirements needed. All we ask is that applicants have the passion and enthusiasm to achieve and progress in the hairdressing or barbering sector.

'Do you have the flare for hair?'.


The qualification gained on this course are built up as units. There are Mandatory units and optional units to be selected by the candidates. Assessments are observed/ evidenced in the Training School and in the workplace. Background knowledge is evidenced through oral questioning and exams.

Financial information

The Traineeship is funded by the Skills Funding Agency and ESF (European Social Fund)


Future opportunities

We hope for all our Traineeship learners to progress onto a hairdressing apprenticeship, sustained employment or further training and education. Hairdressing is a varied industry that can take you anywhere, whether you want to work in a local salon or travel to the most exotic places in the world!

At Michael John we proud ourselves on the fact our staff have many years experience in this ever changing and fast growing industry, therefore they can offer you advice and guidance on which path is right for you and more importantly how to get there, including what qualifications, training or experience is required.

We also work closely with our external support networks who often visit the Training School to talk to you about career pathways.


Further information

For more information please contact our Recruitment and Retention Officers on 0161 819 2552

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017
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    • We are a modern city centre based training provider in Manchester dedicated to encouraging young hopeful hairdressers and barbers to fulfil their dreams. We pride ourselves on the impeccable quality of teaching, help and guidance we provide to all our learners whether they wish to build a career in hairdressing or barbering through our apprenticeships and traineeships.