Kirsty McClaughlin from Nikki Blanchford Hairdressing in Crediton explains the benefits of Becoming a Hairdressing Apprentice. This testimonial encourages young people to consider an apprenticeship and to get into the working industry, as Kirsty discusses how an apprenticeship has benefited her.
– Been there, so, three years now, I qualified a year early, so I’ve done quite well there, I was very happy again, so I decided to carry on and do my Level Three, which I absolutely loved, it involved all the hair-up, advanced cutting and colouring. I’ve always been into art, but I didn’t want to take that further, so hairdressing was a really good route. In the Level Three, you spent one day a week at college, which was more for the theory, but all the hands-on work was done at the salon, where I had an assessor come in and watch me do it all on the customers. Doing an apprenticeship is really good, so you learn hands-on, if you’re not too keen on going to college every day and you’re scared, learning on the job’s always a lot easier. It’s hands-on, and you meet lots of great people, you’re in the workplace, you know what to expect when you go on to get a job after you qualify, and it’s just a really great way of doing things. Five years time, I imagine, I would like to think that I would be progressing towards my own salon, or building more skills, but doing Level Three opens a lot more doors to opportunities, to do more qualifications, to open my own salon one day and be confident with it, which Level Three definitely did for me.