Established in 1984, our Bristol and Birmingham based Training Academies are rated Outstanding by Ofsted


Reflections Training Academy has over 30 years experience within teaching hairdressing apprenticeships. We offer work based learning which means learners are based in a salon, earning money whilst attending training sessions at Reflections on a regular basis. Here they will learn and develop their hairdressing skills and achieve a highly creative qualification. Reflections Training Academy recently celebrated outstanding grade 1’s from our Ofsted Inspection, with inspectors commenting:

“Reflections meets the needs and interests of users exceptionally well. Employers and learners benefit from high standards achieved."

“Training and assessments are outstanding in hairdressing. Tutors are highly skilled, knowledgeable and respected by learners”

Reflections values itself on high standard structured training. Using all latest equipment and technologies with up to date training methods to ensure learners receive high end industry lead training. Reflections Training Academy believes to develop professionalism within all creative hairdressers; it is essential to continually encourage training and advancement to all learners. We have two Training Academies, centrally located in Birmingham and Bristol. Both Academies are City and Guilds approved centres and funded by the Skills Funding Agency and the European Social fund.

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Reflections are supporting apprentices to succeed in an inner-city environment

View Reflections Good practice example by Ofsted inspector Phill Hatton (please click link below)


What happens when you finish your apprenticeship?

Further education

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship
  • Barbering / Hairdressing


Potential careers

  • Colour technician
  • Stylist
  • Senior stylist
  • Salon owner
  • Work in or own a city centre salon
  • Design your own hair products
  • Teach others - work as a tutor / assessor
  • Further training in management
  • Marketing & sales in hairdressing

There are so many possibilities for a qualified hairdresser or barber around the world. You could be doing any of the following:

Travel the world

  • Working in films, theatre & TV studios
  • Work in hotels
  • Work aboard cruise liners
  • Work at fashion shows & events



Did you know?

We also provide Business Development Training. Find out more here:
Reflections Business Development Training Website