“I’ve always been passionate about hairdressing; I used to do my Mum’s hair for her when I was little and I like how having stylish hair, or hair in nice condition, can make people feel good about themselves. I knew when I finished school I wanted to start a career in this industry so I joined a Full Time Course with Skills Group to get some work experience and learn the basic techniques. I was then lucky enough to be offered an apprenticeship at Arena Salon”.
We caught up with Natasha Wall, one of our Level 2 Hairdressing Apprentices, in only the sixth week of her employment at Arena to find out how she’s finding working life.
“I’m really enjoying work so far. It’s a bit of a shock to the system adjusting to having a job, but it’s definitely worth it! I’ve already been involved in lots of different tasks at Arena– from taking off colours, to rough drying, and preparing the salon. It’s never boring! My customer service skills have also improved already through welcoming the clients.
“An apprenticeship is a great way to learn, as every day you’re out on the shop floor getting stuck into different tasks. I’m pleased I got some experience first through the Full Time Course, as it meant I already had some technical knowledge before I started at Arena– even just knowing how to wash hair properly was a big help. It’s amazing how many people don’t know the correct way to do it!
“My advice to others thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be to obtain some experience first so you start feeling confident in your abilities. Keep working at the apprenticeship– even on days you’re finding the job tough. It’s worth it in the end!
“In the future, I would like to progress onto my Level 3 and carry on working in hairdressing; either in a salon or as a mobile hairdresser. Who knows, one day I might even run my own salon!”