Hairdressing Apprenticeships To Be Expanded Due To Skills Shortage


The provision of Hairdressing Apprenticeships is to be expanded to a further 6 locations. Simon Harris Minister for higher and further education had announced the roll-out of €20 million in capital funding to respond to the growing demand for apprenticeships.

Minister Harris said: “We have just published ambitious plans for the growth and development of the apprenticeship system and today, we are announcing an expansion in one of our growing sectors”.

At present the six locations are Raheen Campus, Limerick, St. John’s Central College, Cork, 2 locations in Dublin and Waterford College of Further Education. The new locations include Crumlin College Dublin, Mayo, Enniscorthy, Sligo, Dundalk and Limerick College of Further Education.

The Minister noted that “Currently there is a skills shortage in hairdressing and many salons are struggling to find suitably qualified hairdressers to sustain and grow their business.

The National Hairdressing Apprenticeship is a three-year programme leading to a nationally recognised QQI Level 6 Qualification in Hairdressing.