WS training

WS Training Ltd, Manor Barn, Church Road, Great Barton, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 2QR (Head Office)

About us

Established in 1995, WS Training Ltd is a private training provider based in East Anglia. Over the years we have expanded with offices and training centre's in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

Our Mission

To operate a premier training company dedicated to integrity, professionalism and growth, achieved through continuous development.   

To provide our existing and prospective clients with effective quality training, knowledge and skills that meet their individual needs and exceed their expectations, equipping them to face the challenges of the future.

Commercial Training Courses

WS Training offer a range of commercial training courses to organisations and individuals. 

From Human Resources, Health & Safety, Management Development, IT and Personal Development, there are over 120 courses on offer.

We also run bespoke courses tailored to specific needs and deliver training at premises as well as at one of our 4 training facilities. For more information visit our website WS Training Commercial Courses or call us on 01284 788005 or email

Hair Academy

The WS Training Hair Academy has a very warm atmosphere and is situated at Bridgehouse, 15 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 8SD.

All our learners who choose to undertake a hairdressing or barbering qualification with us, have the benefit of training in our Academy in Ipswich, as well as working within their own salons.  Whether you are at the starting point of your hairdressing career looking for a level 2 qualification or progressing onto level 3 having completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship, there’s a course for all abilities and needs.

What is hairdressing?

There are two distinctly different job roles within this occupational profile: Hairdresser and Barber.

Hairdressers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair to create variety of looks, and colour and lighten hair for ladies and men.

Barbers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using barbering techniques, style and finish hair, cut facial hair into shape and provide shaving services for men. Hairdressers and barbers

must be able to work with all hair types ranging from straight hair to very curly, wiry hair.

Both need to be able to carry out consultations with clients, demonstrate the professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills and safe working practices associated with their role and be able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills.

Who is the basic apprenticeship suitable for?

A basic apprenticeship is the ideal way to enter the hairdressing profession. Options can be tailored to suit your needs, for example if you’re already working as a hairdresser, you could develop your skills to become a senior stylist.

How long is the apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship will last between 12 and 22 months.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be employed in a salon for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Applicants should have a good understanding of maths and English.

What will I learn

During your apprenticeship you will learn:

  • How to shampoo and condition hair
  • Basic cutting techniques
  • Basic colour techniques
  • How to style and finish hair
  • How to set and dress hair
  • How to advise and consult with clients
  • How to work to required health and safety standards

You are also required to take a number of optional units which may include:

  • Fulfilling salon reception duties
  • Promoting additional services or products to clients

View hairdressing courses on our website

Supported Learning

Our supported learning programme is for young people aged 16-24 with Special educational Needs. We provide a holistic approach in our delivery to support young people to grow as individuals, develop aspirations for the future and strategies to achieve progression towards long term goals.

Our programme includes:

  • Vocational skills Development 
  • Employability
  • Enterprise
  • Maths and English
  • Work Experience
  • Wider Skills Development

Entry Requirements

Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP), statement of Needs or evidence of significant barriers to learning.

Attendance-3 days per week (36 week programme over the course of the academic year)

How to apply?

For further information or to arrange a visit contact us on 01473 220230, or email and we will get back to you.

What can you expect?

As a learner at WS Training you will do your best to:

  • Attend WS Training regularly and on time
  • Be on time for lessons and ready to learn
  • Work to the best of my ability at all times
  • Show respect for others both in and out of WS Training
  • Respect the learning environment and the local community
  • Have a positive attitude towards, and participate fully in, the life at WS Training
  • Help to keep other learners safe by avoiding any bullying behaviour and reporting any bullying incidents
  • Follow WS Training Behaviour Policy and co-operate with members of staff

At WS Training we will do our best to provide a carefully planned curriculum matched to the needs of your child, along with a variety of enrichment activities

  • Keep parents and carers informed about the work planned for each term
  • Provide a supportive, secure and caring environment in which your child can achieve their potential
  • Arrange parent meetings to discuss academic progress and provide written progress reports each term
  • Provide clear expectations of behaviour as set out in our behaviour policy
  • Listen to and respond quickly to any concerns learners, parents and carers may have


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage and get holiday pay, get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week).

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

Apprenticeships we offer

What can you expect?

This is a work based education initiative that provides a high quality route into work for school leavers, an alternative to staying at school and taking A-levels and provides an opportunity for employed people to enhance and develop their skills. Apprenticeships help with the training and development of people employed within the workplace. An apprenticeship comprises of a framework of qualifications or a standard.  These can include the following elements:

NVQ/DIPLOMA or other Technical Certificates

These are work related qualifications, which describe exactly what you should be able to do in your job role. They reflect the competency and knowledge needed to do a job effectively and show that a candidate is competent in their area of work. NVQ/Diploma/BTEC’s are based on national standards split into a series of units,

which cover all the main aspects of an occupation. Each individual unit is assessed and the NVQ/Diploma/BTEC is awarded when all of the required units have been achieved. A qualified Tutor/Assessor, supported by the workplace mentor, normally conducts assessment activities within the workplace and will visit you on a monthly basis. The framework or standard may also include English, Maths and ICT Functional Skills, Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Visit our apprenticeships page on our website for further details including course dates.

Find out more!

For further information about what we do and how we could help you, use the links to our website and follow us here on icanbea... for all the latest news, events and opportunities.

0 Videos

No items available.
View all Videos

2 Industries this organisation is related to

3 Posts

View all Posts
My Feed
My Page