starting hairdressing

A pre-employment programme funded by Skills Development

Scotland's Employability Fund

Unfortunately, Skills Development Scotland is not supporting this programme during April 2018 to March 2019.  Maybe next year!

Get Set for Work

This programme provides an opportunity to trial hairdressing as a career choice through  8 weeks of work experience in a local salon, attending 3 days per week, allowing you to gain an insight to the demands of being an apprentice.  Candidates earn a weekly allowance whilst undertaking SQA's Hairdressing Skills for Work (National 4) qualification which reflects the initial skills required by the hairdressing industry.  The Course will enable candidates to develop general and practical skills, knowledge and understanding, together with employability skills and attitudes needed to work in the hairdressing industry.


The Course has been designed to meet the needs of the hairdressing industry and will offer a basic entry level qualification for those who have identified hairdressing as a possible career path. The knowledge and experiences acquired by candidates will not only enable candidates to work within the hairdressing industry but will also develop transferable competencies.


The general aims of this Course are to:

♦ provide candidates with a broad introduction to the hairdressing industry

♦ allow candidates to experience vocationally-related learning

♦ encourage candidates to develop a good work ethic

♦ encourage candidates to take responsibility for their own learning and


♦ encourage candidates to develop their creativity

♦ provide opportunities to develop a range of Core Skills

♦ facilitate progression to further education and/or training


The specific aims of this course are to:

♦ prepare candidates for work within the hairdressing industry

♦ begin to develop basic hairdressing skills

       ♦ develop good practice in maintaining a tidy and safe working environment

♦ develop an awareness of relevant health and safety issues

♦ develop self presentation skills

♦ develop a positive and responsible attitude to work

♦ develop communication and customer care skills

♦ develop aspects of the Core Skill of Working With Others

♦ encourage skills in setting personal goals, reviewing and evaluating

♦ encourage creativity

       ♦ build candidates’ confidence

       ♦ prepare candidates for further learning, study and training opportunities in






Entry requirements for this course

Mandatory entry requirements: none
Desirable entry requirements: an interest in hairdressing as a career, prior experience of working in a salon, for example, through Work Experience from School or through the JETS programme.


Attendance Details

As all learning takes place within the candidate's placement salon, courses are available in any hairdressing salon within Midlothian, West Lothian and Fife regions.  Course relies on continued attendance within a hair salon (course may be continued in another placement).  Hours of attendance will be agreed between candidate and placement employer (maximum of 24 hours per week, typically 9.00am - 5.00pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday).  Candidates may start course at any time throughout the year, although numbers are limited.