Business KS3 / KS4: apprentice hairdresser for a day

14 year-old Beth tries out being an apprentice hairdresser for a day.

Beth gets some helpful advice about how to choose a career from a leading careers mentor, Aimee Bateman.

Beth finds out what employers are looking for from one of Britain’s top hairdressers and shadows 17 year-old apprentice hairdresser Natasha Brass.

An apprenticeship can be a terrific way into a job, to earn while you learn and can offer a real alternative to University for many young people.

With school students now having to stay in full time education or training until the age of 18, this clip provides plenty of useful advice to those who may benefit from a vocational education setting.

This is from the series: Apprentice for a Day

Teacher Notes

The clip shows that pupils need to actively choose and manage their careers, e.g. by asking questions and planning ahead.

They can come up with a list of questions to ask a careers adviser, an apprentice and an employer about apprenticeships in the sectors that interest them.

Careers and PSHE staff can discuss what pupils need to know about apprenticeships, e.g. what they are, what employers are looking for, how to find out if an apprenticeship would suit them.

They can discuss with pupils how to weigh up the pros and cons of choosing an apprenticeship over other career pathways.

Staff can use the clip with pupils to discuss why hairdressers report a high level of job satisfaction and what are the variables that impact on career happiness.

English and maths teachers can use this clip to illustrate the importance of getting good GCSE grades in both subjects if pupils want to avoid holding themselves back in a wide range of career.

Pupils can research apprenticeship vacancies and other useful information at:


For information about different types of jobs and careers:

For specialist advice and information, they can contact the National Careers Service helpline (0800 100 900) or talk to the careers adviser in their own school.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Business and PSHE Citizenship at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland

Also at 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

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Apprentice plumber for a day
How to prepare a CV and perform in a job interview
Apprentice chef for a day
Apprentice dental nurse for a day
Apprentice engineer for a day