Changes to Apprenticeships in England

When will changes be made?

Changes to Hairdressing Apprenticeships will take effect from May 2017.


The Richard Review found that significant improvements could be made to all apprenticeships.
Trailblazers have been working on improving apprenticeships in England since October 2013. New apprenticeships, in all sectors, will be in place by 2020.
The aim was to:

  • Improve the quality of apprenticeships.
  • Allow employers to have more involvement.
  • Simplify the system.

What will the change look like?

New Apprenticeships will:

  • Be short, concise and clear to both employers and learners.
  • Set out the full competence needed in an occupation, so that, on completion the apprentice is able to carry out the role in any size of employer across the sector.
  • Be sufficiently stretching requiring at least a year of training, including off-the- job training, before end-point assessment.
  • Align with professional registration where it exists.
  • Contain minimal English & Maths.

How this will affect apprenticeships in my business?

To achieve a hair apprenticeship, learners must complete:

  • The Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing / Barbering) – a new qualification.
  • Maths & English Functional Skills at level 1.  Learners who have achieved Maths and English GCSE Grade A*-C are exempt from Functional Skills.
  • An end-point assessment carried out by an Independent Apprenticeship Examiner similar to a trade test. Apprentices will be graded as Pass or Distinction following completion of the above.

What about employers who don’t pay the levy?

Small employers (under 50 employees)  taking on 16-18 year olds, or 19-24 year olds in care or who have a local authority care plan will not pay anything towards the cost of apprenticeship. They will receive £1000 to support the        costs of training these groups. This is paid in two instalments: £500 after 3 months and the balance at 12 months.

For additional information please contact Simone Hawken on 07776 237849 or email

ISA Training will work with you and your apprentice to ensure that you are supported through this transition and you will be informed in a timely manner of when the new apprenticeship delivery will start.

February 3, 2017