Job Description (What the job involves)
Working as a Hairdressing Lecturer your main duties are to develop trainee hairdresser's knowledge and skills to a high standard to work within the industry. You are responsible for their welfare, Health and Safety and personal tutoring at all times, which includes having one-to-one's with each of your students, setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed) targets and following them through making sure they are achieved, giving praise when required along with discipline.
You will work with a wide range of hairdressing students from 14-16 Diploma students, 16+ students and adult education students. The range of learning styles (Auditory, Kinaesthetic, Visual) and disabilities will be varied. You must make sure you treat every student with respect promoting Equality and Diversity at all times.
You will have a variety of administration duties to fulfil following the department Polices and Procedures. At the start of the academic year you will be responsible for writing a Scheme of Work and a Teaching and Assessment Plan. These outline what you will be teaching throughout the year from Shampooing to Colouring to Perming and what dates the students will sit exams and takes assessments. On a weekly basis you will be writing lesson plans, resources and marking assignments. You must attend department meetings.
Hours and Working Environment
Hours will vary each academic year as you don't know what your in take of hair students will be each year. The working day will be from 9am till 9pm, which are split up throughout the day. Practical lessons (Salon Sessions) are generally 9-12, 1-4 and 5-9.
The salon session is run like a normal hair salon, working on clients, developing the learner's skills and confidence. You will also conduct Theory lessons which last 1-2 hours. In this lesson you will develop the hairdressing students knowledge ready to sit their exams.
You will also have 'Desk Duty' which will be worked into your own timetable meaning you will have time to complete administration tasks, marking, planning, booking appointments/meeting etc. You will often find that this time is taken up with one-to-ones with hairdressing students and so you will often end up taking your work home. Your actual working day could be 9am – 9pm, 9am – 3pm, 12pm – 8pm, 10am-2pm; it will vary each year to accommodate the intake of learners and fit in with all other hairdressing lecturers and lessons.
Upsides and Downsides
Positive parts of the job are when your hairdressing students successfully complete their assessments and the course, as you build up a great relationship with them over the years, are extremely proud of them and when they thank you for helping them achieve their hairdressing qualifications, it gives a great sense of job satisfaction. Hairdressing students have the opportunity to enter competitions, which can be in house or external for example World Skills held in London. It can be extremely stressful for you and the student getting prepared for the competition but if they win it's a fantastic feeling and one that you will never forget.
Downsides of the job, it doesn't end when you leave at the end of the day; inevitably you will have a lot of planning, marking etc to do at home.
Lecturing can be stressful at different times throughout the year; there is a lot of work to do not just in the class room with the hair students. You will often come across difficult students that can be aggressive and rude which can be a big challenge at times.
Skills and Personal Qualities
To become an excellent hairdressing lecturer you must be the type of person who enjoys working with a wide range of individuals, enjoys a challenge and can act professionally at all times. Don't forget that the students look up to you as an inspiration and you must leave a positive impression at all times in order to build a positive relationship with the students. If you display negativity and distress then your hairdressing students won't work hard and may even not come to college resulting in them having a poor attendance figure. Annually you will be observed by your manager and be scored from 1-4, 1 being excellent and 4 be poor. You will always strive to be a 1.
You will need to firstly be qualified to Level 3 in hairdressing and have experience of working in a hairdressing salon. Then you can either go to University and complete a PGCE or alternatively you could take a trainee Lecturer position and complete your A1 (Assessors award), CTLLS (Certificate – Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector) and PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) DTLLS (Diploma - Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector). This will take approximately 2 years to complete.
If you can prove you are a good hairdresser at your interview, where you will be asked to do a presentation and a trade test, then you will be employed as a Trainee Lecturer and do your qualifications alongside the position. In most cases this is how a hairdresser will become a Lecturer, not many Lecturers have gone to University first.
It's more important that you are good at what you can do and good with people to be an excellent Lecturer. You will always complete CPD (continuous professional development) every year, this can be training courses in Equality and Diversity, Disability Awareness, Team Building or training in new developments in Hairdressing/new product training which is always encouraged and supported.
Opportunities and Progression
Hairdressing Lecturers can progress onto becoming Team Manager, Course Co-ordinator, IV (Internal Verifier) or Area Manager within the Department.
You will always need to update your skills and knowledge; the industry is always changing and improving. You must remember that you are developing new hairdressers for the industry and if you are not up to date then the students won't be and effectively will be unemployable. Register yourself with the Hairdressing Journal and receive their magazine monthly so you can keep you to date with new developments. Attend all the trade shows for example The Hair and Beauty UK show, Olympia, Salon International, IMATS which are generally in London but look around your area to see if any events are happening there. You can register with IFL (Institute for Learning) to find new developments in teaching.
Working as a haidressing lecturer can be extremely hard and stressful at times, you have lots of targets to meet, getting every learner qualified and working to high standards to get new learners each year, but can also be very rewarding and brings with it great job satisfaction.
© Kirsty Brown
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Potential Salary and Benefits
Potential Salary can range from £18,000+ depending on your skills and qualifications. Every year you will be assessed and an increase in wages can be achieved. A fully qualified Lecturer can expect a Salary ranging from £24,000+.