Hampshire Apprenticeship Hairdressing Academy (HAHA Training) offers training and assessments in the hairdressing and beauty sectors. Our bespoke training salons are located on London Road, North End, Portsmouth and Randal View, Fareham, Hampshire.

The apprenticeship courses offered by MIT Skills/HAHA have been designed to be completed in 12 months. Unlike colleges and other training providers, we will be operating a number of courses throughout the year, and not just starting in September. We have excellent links with salons in the Hampshire and Surrey areas. Our professional team will mentor, support and assess you throughout the whole process!

We aim to become a centre of excellence offering accredited training courses to the hairdressing and beauty industry accredited with City & Guilds. The state-of-the-art salon will give learners 'real' work experience of running a salon, as it will operate as a fully functional salon. The learner will learn new skills, techniques and gain evidence towards their qualification.

Our academy and staff are committed to safeguarding the welfare of all students. MIT Skills/HAHA are also committed to opposing all forms of discrimination and ensuring that we provide equal opportunities. MIT Skills/HAHA offer; Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeships, A1 Assessors Award, V1 Verifiers Award, Teacher Training and short hairdressing accredited courses. HAHA also offer bespoke training to support and assess training provided by the salons.

Whether you are an employer wanting more information about apprenticeships or future courses, a potential student with or without a job or are currently working with young people, please contact us.

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Level 2 Apprenticeship

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Intermediate Apprenticeship)

Initially, we will offer Level 2 QCF NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing accredited with City & Guilds. The framework will consist of the following elements:

  • NVQ log book including observations, assessments and personal statements of evidence matching the criteria and knowledge elements.
  • Functional Skills - Numeracy and English contextualized to the hairdressing industry.
  • Employability Rights and Responsibilities - understanding employment law, company policies and legislation.
  • Health and Safety - understanding the importance of H&S in the workplace and within the industry.
  • Personal Learning Skills - self-development techniques, problem solving and creative thinking skills.

All of the NVQ students and apprentices will be employed by hairdressing salons with attendance at the training academy at least once a week. The duration of the course is designed so that it will be completed within 12 months.

Apprentices Skills Criteria:
  • How to engage with customers
  • Reception duties
  • Appointment making
  • Preparation of clients
  • Shampoo and conditioning
  • Cutting techniques
  • Styling techniques
  • Colouring techniques
  • Perming techniques
  • Product promotion services
  • Managing self and creative thinking
Delivery Module:

The apprentice will need to be employed for at least a minimum of 30 hours a week. Within the 30 hours of employment apprentices are required to attend the academy one day a week for training and assessment. HAHA will carry out employer visits for reviews, mentoring, assessments and observations every 4-6 weeks.

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Advanced Apprenticeship)

Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 competence-based qualification. The qualification intended to support a job role and will have direct responsibilities within a business or a supervisory role.

Mandatory Units:
  • G22 Safety Control Operations
  • G18 Promoting Services or Products
  • G21 Hairdressing Consultations
  • GH16 Cutting Techniques
Optional Units:
  • Colouring Hair
  • GH18 Colour Correction
  • GH19 Creative Styling & Hairdressing
  • GH20 Dress Long Hair
  • GH21 Creative Hairdressing Skills
  • H32 Promotional Activities
Functional Skills:

Integral to the apprenticeship, Math's and English Level 2 provides development in everyday work related skills. There will be work related projects and timed assignments.

Assessors Award

  • Two day induction plus self study and assessment
  • Course Dates: throughout the year
  • Candidate must be a qualified hairdresser to Levels 2 and 3
  • Suitable for all hairdressers looking to assess
Coming Soon

V1 Verifiers Award
Teachers Qualification
Short Courses 



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6 Randal View, Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, Hampshire, England, PO14 1FG

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12 London Road, Portsmouth, North End, PO2 0LH

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Thank you HAHA Training Academy!
Kate Preston Hair Salon

Kate Preston Hair Salon have been working with HAHA Academy for nearly one year.  We currently have two L2 Students and one L3 student training with Andrea – and all feel extremely comfortable working with Andrea.

Every fortnight instead of our staff leaving for college they work within the salon, meaning our busy salon doesn’t become short staffed like it did before.  Each lesson is carefully planned and aims to suit each level giving each student a 1:1 lesson, for us it means our students are more confident and move forward faster.  There is never a wasted session, each is packed full of both theory and practical and leaves our students excited and wanting to push on with everything they have learnt.

Andrea has been a great support to our students, only an email away and we know the response will be within the same day – even on Sundays!  It’s a great reassurance to know that any concerns will be immediately looked in to.

We have also had othe staff fro HAHA organise us emergency staff when we had sickness in the salon.  It seems HAHA truly want to help us when we need it and will go out of their way to ensure they have done their best.

The owner Steve has also been absolutely brilliant, he has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to training and has been able to inform us of everything we need to know in advance.  We have regular meetings with Steve to discuss future plans with new members of staff and gaining extra qualifications for current staff.

Before, College was a complete nightmare with most staff needing further basic training due to the lack of knowledge and commitment.  Now, we couldn’t be happier.  It’s such a relief to know such a great team is supporting our salon and helping students be the best they can.


Thank you HAHA Training Academy!

I wouldn't consider anyone else!
Jackie Vatcher, KB Salon Owner

I have been a salon owner for 10 years now, since taking on my salons I have had several trainee providers, i.e. Above Bar College (no longer trading), Southampton City College, and Fareham College. Then one day HaHa Training Academy came in to one of my salons and changed the way my apprentices worked, i.e. A 13 month training plan, small numbers in a class, one to one working, and also listening to my thoughts! I can speak to the HaHa trainers and they listen to my thoughts, and by the time the next class is due, the lesson plan is in place. They work on the employers needs for their apprentices and their salons. HaHa are always up to date with all that they teach , and all my apprentices enjoy their classes. I would not consider going back to any of my previous providers as I find that the other providers do not work with me or my apprentices as good as the HaHa Training Academy.

Unique Training and High Standards
Danielle Flippence at Treat Your Skin Salon, Havant

Award winning training academy HAHA is well recognised for its unique training and high achieving hairdressing standards. HAHA is in my opinion is the most recommended academy in the area, covering a wide range of skills for a successful stylist. They reached expectations by delivering the finest education possible and providing us with ongoing care and support along each journey with them.

Thank You
Kirstie Atkinson

Hi Steve and Gill, I am emailing regarding the provision and the working relationship that TMSS have with Haha. Just to confirm that we approached you in 2013/14 for the provision as we were dissatisfied with continuing to use our previous provider due to inconsistencies that we incurred in the year 2012/13. TMSS are a brokering service so have the ability to look for the best service we can for the young people that are with us for their education. Our young people suffered in 2012/13 with the previous provider due to constant changing of tutors, rooms and being mixed with older students that effected their confidence and self-esteem. The tutor that we ended up with did not have the understanding or empathy for pre 16 students. The past two years that we have been working with Haha has giving our students that opportunity to work towards a higher level of qualification. The students that we have placed with Haha have received continuity with staff that have been welcoming and been understanding of the client group that TMSS have. We have built positive connections with staff having great communication that has been student focused. The support worker that has been placed in the group from TMSS has reported positive reports around student attainment and attendance. The young people (previously being very low attendees with the risk of non-achievement and becoming NEET) have been really successful in achieving the Level 2 qualifications they have been working towards but have also gained self-esteem and confidence in a transition into post 16 provisions with the support from Haha. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you Haha and all the staff for their support and am looking forward to continuing our working relationship into the third year of provision from September. Kind regards Kirstie Atkinson TMSS Mentoring Manager

I honestly thought that I wouldn’t become anything!!
Carrie Spridgeon

I began work in October 2013 and from then I began to build my confidence, not just at work but within my personal life. Personally, I was going through some difficult times, my colleagues and my Educator at HAHA training who were so helpful and made me feel so much better about everything in my life – I was able to focus on the things that were Important and move on. I love them and thank them for this support. From this point I have looked forward, for the first time I can say proud of myself. I have rebuilt my life completing my Level 3 Hairdressing. Thank you to everyone who believed in me and has helped me- I couldn’t have achieved it without you all.


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