If you have the heart and mind to join one of our salon teams and to learn the trade of hairdressing, contact the manager at your nearest salon for full details about what is involved.

Training with John Olivers

Most salons start advertising the recruitment of potential trainees from February/March.  If successful, the new trainees will commence their training scheme in September of the same year.

The philosophy that we operate is to provide quality hairdressing training. John Olivers has always regarded training and development as an essential means to achieving high standards, meeting and exceeding those expected within the hairdressing industry.

John Olivers’ Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship offered at John Olivers is a 3 year, work based, fixed term contract. This is a full time training position  in which you can achieve Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals.

The training will be provided by John Olivers salons and the Diploma training will be conducted by the John Olivers Academy.  At the end of your training contract, you may be offered the opportunity to become a full time Stylist/Technician.  If you are offered a full time position you will be asked to undertake the John Olivers pre-floor test before you can begin with your own hairdressing column.

Once fully qualified to John Olivers’ own high standards, staff are given the opportunity to continue their training to achieve NVQ Level 3. There are also other training opportunities both in-house with Senior Stylists, Product Manufacturers and also other training academies e.g. Vidal Sassoon, Goldwell, GHD Academy, L’Oréal etc who offer courses with award winning celebrity stylists.

What we expect from our Trainees

Here at John Olivers, we provide the highest standard of training. In return we expect your commitment to quality and real dedication throughout your training apprenticeship.

We also expect the following:

  • High standards of personal appearance
  • Excellent punctuality and attendance
  • Good conduct (being polite and courteous to both clients and staff members at all times)
  • Carrying out your training, and any tasks given to you, to the best of your ability
  • Your provision of suitable models for training


All trainees are responsible for providing their own models, a must for all practical training sessions. During your trainee apprenticeship it is anticipated that you will need over 100 models in order for you to reach your full potential. Without models it will be impossible to reach your full potential and meet the obligations of model procedure.

In return, our aim is to motivate and inspire you, give you the skills to reach your highest level possible and achieve your maximum professional growth. We will offer a clear career path and the opportunity to use the skills you develop in our award winning salons.

If you are interested in applying for a trainee position you can download our application form JO Apprenticeship Application Form.  (Please note this is not an online application form.  You will have to print and complete by hand and then send it to us by post, or scan and email back to us).  Alternatively you can send us your CV with covering letter.  Please post your applications to either of the addresses below:

Norwich:                                              Ipswich:

Damien McKay                                    Natasha Smith
John Oliver (Norwich) Ltd                   John Olivers (Ipswich) Ltd
13 Red Lion Street                               6-8 Gt Colman Street
Norwich, NR1 3QF                              Ipswich, IP4 2AD

or Email:      


Debbie Pegg
John Olivers (Cromer)
60 Church Street
Cromer, NR27 9HH

or email:

Other Career Opportunities

We are always interested to talk to anyone wishing to work at our salons so whatever skills you can bring to the Company, please contact us for an interview.

As well as prospective trainees and qualified stylists, we occasionally have opportunities for salon support staff, receptionists, housekeepers and cleaners. Contact your nearest salon direct or email