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News: How appren­tice­ships can lead to suc­cess­ful, new careers

Student styling a clients hair
Student styling a clients hair

Last month we award­ed Hair Pro­fes­sion­al appren­tice, Frances Mac­Don­ald, the title of Appren­tice of the Year. Frances pre­vi­ous­ly worked as a visu­al mer­chan­dis­er before she decid­ed to change careers, join­ing us as an adult learn­er to prac­tise hairdressing.

Frances’ employ­ers Mor­gan and Com­pa­ny, a hair salon in What­ton, put her for­ward for an award because of her admirable work eth­ic, excep­tion­al indus­tries skills and great rap­port with col­leagues. They described Frances as the most hard­est work­ing and deter­mined indi­vid­u­als we know.’

Person stood holding an award at an awards ceremony in front of balloons

I was pre­vi­ous­ly a visu­al mer­chan­dis­er before decid­ing to pur­sue hair­dress­ing and an appren­tice­ship has allowed me to learn as I go along from every­one I work with, plus my tutors at college. 

Frances Mac­Don­ald — Hair Pro­fes­sion­al Apprentice

A com­mon mis­con­cep­tion is that you need to be a cer­tain age to take up an appren­tice­ship. You can sign up for an appren­tice­ship as ear­ly as 16 and there is no upper age lim­it. Some peo­ple choose to do an appren­tice­ship to help them kick­start or change a career. Oth­ers will choose to start an appren­tice­ship as a pas­sion project.

Employ­ers can also put their staff for­ward for an appren­tice­ship to upskill their work­force. They can com­ple­ment team changes well, such as teach­ing employ­ees man­age­ment skills fol­low­ing a promotion. 

We have a lot of valu­able indus­try links that sup­port appren­tice­ships — Rag­dale Hall, Cen­ter Parcs, Eden Hall, Stein­er, and city cen­tre salons. We always aim to find great appren­tice­ship place­ments, where learn­ers can receive guid­ance from an expe­ri­enced mentor. 

On a Hair Pro­fes­sion­al course, you can choose to learn hair­dress­ing or bar­ber­ing. Across 24 months you will learn how to man­age a range of hair types, from straight to very curly, wiry hair. Appren­tices will also learn how to car­ry out con­sul­ta­tions with clients, safe work­ing prac­tis­es and how to work with­out super­vi­sion to a high lev­el of precision. 

If you’d like to learn more about our exist­ing appren­tice­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties, head over to the link below. Each page will explain the appren­tice­ship duties, entry require­ments and pro­gres­sion opportunities. 

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  • 21st March 2022 (12:00 AM)
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