Success Stories: Mia Cardew, Level 2 Beauty Therapy Apprentice

Mia only started on the Beauty Therapy course with Skills Group in August 2018 but she is already excelling and immersing herself with additional work experience and practice wherever she can. We caught up with Mia to find out more about her story;

“I previously attended Plymouth Studio School and acquired a BTEC Level 3 in Sport. Once I completed, I realised that sport wasn’t quite what I wanted to do as a career. I wanted to find something that made me feel inspired to go to work every day.

I love make-up and beauty products, so I decided to enrol on a Beauty Therapy course. At the same time, I started my course, I also found a job in a salon, Grace and Glamour in Saltash, where I gain invaluable hands-on experience, I get the opportunity to put my skills into practice in a real salon environment.

I am gaining more confidence and have already started building my own clientele and have received a few recommendations from them already, which is an amazing feeling.”

Lindsay Williams, Beauty Assessor at Skills Group says, “Mia is a hardworking and dedicated learner, she will have an extremely successful career within the beauty industry”.

On Mia’s thoughts for the future; “I would like to progress onto Level 3 Beauty Therapy, to gain more advanced knowledge of treatments with a view to owning my own salon one day, in which I would love to combine beauty and sports massage therapy and hopefully a spa!”

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!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

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!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

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

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

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.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

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!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School