Want to jumpstart your career?

An apprenticeship is the best way to become a qualified hairdresser, barber or beauty therapist.

Train on the job
Work with real clients and be trained by qualified industry professionals. You’ll learn all the practical skills you need to succeed in your chosen profession and gain valuable experience to include in your CV. Hairdressing and barbering apprentices also attend off-site training days.

Get paid to learn
You’ll be paid a wage by your employer while you train. Your training fees will be covered by the Government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund until December 2022.

Start any time
You can begin your apprenticeship at any time of the year.

Work around the world
Use your skills at home or overseas with qualifications that are internationally recognised.

Help people
You’ll get to use your skills to make other people look and feel more confident from the inside out.

Be your own boss
Dream big – if you’ve always wanted to have your business, you can one day. You’ll learn all about the day-to-day running of a hair or beauty business and what’s involved.

Meet amazing people
Work alongside fun and interesting people, including your employer, colleagues and a diverse mix of clients.

Show your artistic flair
There are lots of opportunities to explore your creativity in the hair, barbering and beauty industries. From magazine shoots to fashion shows, theatre productions and more, the options for showcasing your talent are endless.

How much does it cost?

HITO apprenticeships cost $1,560 per year for the duration of the training programme, which can be paid off at $30 per week.
From July 2020 to December 2022, apprentice fees will be covered by the Government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund

How long does it take?

An apprenticeship takes between 18 months and 3.5 years, depending on the type of apprenticeship.

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Three simple steps to becoming an apprentice:

Step 1: Decide on your profession

Do you want to become a qualified hairdresser, barber or beauty therapist?

Step 2: Find a job

Check out our jobs page for vacancies, along with  Trade Me and Seek.

One of our Sales and Training advisors may be able to help match you with an employer in your chosen industry. Find a Sales and Training Advisor near you

The Careers New Zealand has excellent tips on creating a CV and preparing for job interviews.

If you already have a job, ask your employer if they will train you as an apprentice. Your local Sales and Training Advisor can visit to explain the appprentice training programme.

Step 3: Sign a training agreement 

HITO’s Sales and Training Advisor will come to your workplace to sign the Training Agreement with you and your employer and outline your responsibilities. Once you’re signed up, you’re ready to start your on-job training towards your New Zealand qualification!

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