Hair & Make-Up Department Apprentice


The Shared Apprenticeship scheme is a brilliant way to come into the industry since it shows people how the sector really works, as the apprentices will be moving from company to company dependant on the length and availability of productions. 

The Shared Apprenticeship employer shall be South East Wales City Region ATA Limited (“ATA Limited”) but, during your Apprenticeship, you shall be appointed to work for a Host Production Company, or Host Production Companies. During the duration of the apprenticeship of 12 months it is expected that the apprentice will work on more than one production, and for more than one production company, dependant on the apprentice’s skill set and aptitude.

Current and former apprentices have and are currently working on productions such as:

  • Casualty
  • Doctor Who
  • Pobol Y Cwm
  • His Dark Materials
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Fleabag


£12,500 PA

Job Description

The make-up and hair department is responsible for the design, application, continuity and care of hair and make-up during feature film production.  The work involved ranges from creating contemporary looks to creating period designs and styles or transforming an actors face and body using prosthetics.  Hair and make-up effects also include the application of facial hair, wigs, tattoos, body paint or scars, wounds or blood.

What does a Make-Up Department Apprentice do?

  • Setting up and maintaining of the make-up and hair workstations 
  • Preparing to change performers’ appearances
  • Assisting and maintaining continuity of performers’ appearance
  • Applying, fixing and dressing facial hair to change the performers’ appearance
  • Applying, fixing and dressing wigs and hair pieces to change performers’ appearance
  • Working with small budgets
  • Contributing to good working relationships
  • Ensuring your own actions reduce risks to Health and Safety
  • Managing and marketing yourself as a freelancer

What kind of person do I need be?

  • Good communicator
  • Analytical
  • A Self-Starter
  • Determined
  • Organised
  • Diplomatic
  • Methodical
  • Good at taking direction
  • A clean driving licence
  • The ability to communicate fluently in Welsh would help with this role.

Essential Skills:

Potential Apprentices need to have a proven interest and a desire to make their mark in the creative and digital industries in Wales. 

They also need to demonstrate a positive and committed attitude and a strong desire to learn since the hours are long and the job can involve long periods working away from home.

General Competencies

  • The ability to communicate fluently in Welsh would help with this role.
  • Awareness of Health and Safety requirements
  • Hair dressing and make-up skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Must be highly organised and efficient with a good memory and attention to detail
  • Ability to cope well under pressure
  • Ability to help and accept direction and constructive criticism
  • Diplomacy skills
  • Good IT skills 
  • Tactful and sensitive and be able to put people at ease
  • Problem solving skills as well as flexibility and stamina
  • Good presentation skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines 
  • Good research skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Familiarity with both period make-up and contemporary looks are useful
  • A passion for film, and make-up and hair


Whilst working as a Make-Up Department Apprentice you will be completing a 12-month Level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media.