If you are interested in the hair and beauty business, HITO – the New Zealand Hair and Beauty ITO - will give your career the best grooming it can have.

A HITO apprenticeship sets you up for a career as a qualified professional. All you need to get started is a job – you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars at a polytech. You’ll earn while you train and won’t be left with a hefty student loan at the end.

HITO coordinates training among 20 providers and the training business has 1750 trainees working, learning and earning in almost 830 businesses around New Zealand.


HITO organises qualifications in these industries: 



Are you a creative people-person who wants to transform the way people look and feel? Then a hairdressing apprenticeship could be your next step. Hairdressing apprentices work in a hairdressing salon, training under a qualified hairdresser and earning a wage while they train. Hairdressing apprentices learn everything about hair – how to cut, colour, style, perform chemical services, create beautiful hair ups (and more). Opportunities outside the salon are endless, too – think fashion week, international work, training and more.

Hairdressing apprenticeships take 3.5 years to complete. Graduates gain the Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist). They also gain their ipsn international certificate.


Looking for a creative, fast-paced, people-focussed career? Try a barbering apprenticeship. Barbering apprentices work in a barbershop with a qualified barber to train them. They learn how to cut and style hair, beards, and moustaches, perform a wet shave, and learn all about the hair and scalp. The most exciting thing about barbering is how quickly you learn skills – a barbering apprentice can be cutting hair within three months! Like beauty therapy apprentices, barbering apprentices get paid a wage while they train.

Barbering apprenticeships take 2.5 years. Barbers gain the Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering.


Do you want to help people look and feel better inside and out? Then a beauty therapy apprenticeship could be right for you. A beauty therapy apprentice works in a beauty clinic. They train with a qualified trainer, learning about manicure, pedicure, waxing, massage, facials, spray tanning, and more. They learn in a real work environment, building their relationships with clients and getting paid a wage while they train.

Beauty therapy apprenticeships take 21 months to complete. At the end, graduates hold the Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy and are ready to be a senior beauty therapist.

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