Gateway to a great career

The HITO Gateway programme gives secondary school students the chance to experience a career in barbering, beauty, or hairdressing.

Gateway students work one day per week in your business. You can take on as many Gateway students as you like, but students need guidance and help on what to do and have the equipment they need. They are supervised while at work, and a qualified person needs to sign-off on each task the student learns.

You don’t employ or pay your Gateway student. They are there for work experience, and there is no cost to the salon.

The benefits for employers

You can ‘try before you buy’. If your Gateway student fits in, they’re the perfect choice to be a new apprentice.

Students can work on basic tasks such as creating displays, helping senior staff, and keeping the workplace clean and tidy, which frees others to perform more profitable tasks. You have the chance to train young people and prepare them for a career in hair or beauty. You get to share your knowledge and passion.

Finding a student

Schools in your area will know of students looking for placements. You can also ask HITO. We have a database of schools interested in Gateway.

Gateway programmes

Hairdressing (Year One and Year Two)

There are two hairdressing Gateway programmes – Year 1 and Year 2. Students who complete both years will have completed some of the units that make up the first year of a hairdressing apprenticeship. Students learn customer service, colouring, product related knowledge, and other entry-level salon skills. They will spend 1-2 days per week in the salon.

Barbering (One Year)

Barbering is one year in duration and students spend 1-2 days in the barber shop. Students learn customer service and communication skills, basic barbering skills such as caring for equipment and preparing a client for a service.

Beauty (One Year)

Beauty is less than a year in duration and students usually spend 10 days in a beauty clinic (one day a week). Students learn how a clinic is run, how a beauty therapist works, and how to be a successful employee. They assist with basic treatments, and learn the benefits of these (and other) treatments.