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.’
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.