In September 2017, I joined Skills Group Hair Academy in Plymouth. Since joining I have received training that has taught me multiple skills and techniques needed to become a professional hairdresser. The programme has also helped me improve some of my own skills, just by being here my confidence has improved greatly and my independence has developed so much that I feel comfortable working independently in a creative capacity. My trainers have also helped me understand the many diverse skills I will require to become a mobile hairdresser/stylist.
I had previously started a hair training course at a different college, I didn’t feel supported and felt that I wasn’t achieving anything, so I decided to leave. Skills Group have provided me with better training and work experience support so that I am ready to start an apprenticeship in a hair salon.
I feel that I have particularly improved at Blow Drying techniques such as volume, straight and curly as well as the different methods and styles that can be used to present someone’s hair during an event like Braiding, Hair Ups, Curling etc.
When I have completed my Level 2 hairdressing I would like to become a mobile and in salon hairdresser/hairstylist. I would also like to work on the creative side of hairdressing, linking back into my Photography skills, I have always been a creative person and enjoy taking impromptu photos of things that catch my eye. I would also like to expand into theatre and events such as weddings, parties and proms.
Abigail Northam – Level 2 Hairdressing
I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!
I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!
Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up
The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.
I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!