HITO Schools Gateway Programme

Across our industries and throughout New Zealand, demand for fresh, creative and contemporary artists outstrips supply. Careers in the beauty, barbering and hairdressing industries promise real opportunity, excitement and diversity.

The scope of work ranges from fashion shoots to styling, massage therapy, makeup and more. Our industries offer wide appeal to students who prefer hands-on roles and are looking for a rewarding career.

HITO offer a programme for Secondary School students called Gateway. Gateway has unit standards in barbering, beauty therapy, and hairdressing which have been specifically created for secondary school students. Students gain credits and a real practical understanding of barbering, beauty, or hairdressing to help them make informed choices about their future career in these vibrant, creative industries. Our employers love taking on students through our Gateway programme.

Each programme costs $450 + GST per student.

Finding a placement

Gateway students will need a work placement to complete the full programme.

  • HITO can help.  We have a database of businesses interested in taking on a student, and we can put you in touch with them.
  • Contact local businesses or other schools in your area. They may either be willing to take on a student or know of a workplace that will.

HITO also run a job vacancies page at If you have students looking for apprenticeships they can find vacancies there.

The role of the school

Schools will:

  • Help students find work placements
  • Pay programme fees to HITO
  • Support their students to complete all unit standards in the programme
  • Make sure their students are assessed on their theory and practical skills


Schools – Download the Memorandum of Understanding for the 2018 HITO Schools Gateway Programme from our Resources page. You need to fill out one form per school.

Students –  Download the Student Enrolment Form for the 2018 HITO Schools Gateway Programme from our Resources page. You need to fill out one form per student.

Got a question? Visit our FAQ page or contact HITO on (04) 499 1180 or


Ready to get qualified and start your career? Why not become an apprentice? You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications – just a great attitude, awesome style, and a willingness to learn.

Apprentices work and train in a real barbering, beauty, or hair business with a qualified trainer. They get paid, work in a real job, and get an internationally respected qualification. And the best part? Apprentices don’t come out the other end with a massive student loan.

HITO offer apprenticeships in barbering, beauty therapy, and hairdressing.

 Apprentices get paid to train

 Apprentices start their career from day one

 Apprenticeships are hands-on

 Apprentices only pay $30 per week to train

 Apprentices don’t need a student loan

 Apprentices get an internationally respected qualification

 Apprenticeships are flexible

 Apprentices receive full support from HITO


Barbering apprentices learn on the job but also attend training outside work for a few days a year.

Barbering apprentices usually start cutting hair quite quickly. They learn about wet shaving, beard shaping, cutting and blow-drying hair. A barbering apprentice works to achieve their New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering Level 4.

Beauty therapy

Beauty therapy apprentices learn about manicure, pedicure, waxing, facials, spray tanning, and more. They learn everything on the job and get fully qualified in all areas of beauty therapy. Apprentices gain the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy Level 4.


A hairdressing apprentice works and trains with a qualified trainer in a salon. They also attend training outside work for the first three years. Apprentices start out with basic skills like customer service, then move onto learn more advanced skills including cutting, colouring, perming, and styling skills. A hairdressing apprentice gains their New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) Level 4.

HITO Talenteers and InZone Careers Coach Experience


The HITO Talenteers are our top apprentices and recently qualified barbers, beauty therapists, and hairdressers. These Talenteers can visit your school and meet with students to answer their questions about HITO, apprenticeships, and the hair and beauty industries. They can speak to small groups or whole school assemblies – whatever best suits your school.

Contact HITO to book a Talenteer visit.

InZone Careers Coach

The InZone Careers Coach bus is a careers exhibition that travels to selected secondary schools around New Zealand. Students can watch videos and find out more about different industries and careers, including barbering, beauty, and hairdressing. HITO can also send staff or Talenteers with the bus to visit your school.

Ready to get started? Contact us at or call (04) 499 1180 today.

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