Published: Jun 01, 2021
Aruba Hair Group is looking to recruit a hairdressing apprentice to join their amazing team in Bodmin.
The Apprentice’s Role
You role will vary from day to day, but duties will normally include meeting and greeting clients, booking appointments, shampooing, conditioning, blow drying and styling hair, also colour and lightening using a range of techniques.
You will study hairdressing topics such as hair and skin testing, the effects of chemicals on hair and skin, and the principles of hair colour selection, alongside environmental and sustainable working practices. There’s also the option to learn about promoting products, perming, and working with different hair types.
You will work closely with their salon team to support with a range of daily duties and build upon your existing skills and knowledge.
Working Hours: You will be working 40 hours per week, Tuesday to Saturday, with the possibility of a late night training session once per week.
Wages: £172.00 per week, based on a 40 hour week. Any overtime above the 40 hours per week, will be paid at the appropriate national minimum wage depending on age.
Holiday: 28 days holiday entitlement (including bank holidays) will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.
Aruba Hair Group was started by the owner Leah Brathwaite who has over 25 years experience in the hair and beauty industry. In 2005, Leah’s dream became a reality to open her own salon and Aruba was born.
The first branch opened in Bodmin and Aruba Hair Group now has 3 salons in the mid Cornwall area. The team is now reaching nearly 30 creative and passionate employees. The success has to be down to the constant aim to give everyone who visits Aruba that personalised service and attention to detail.
The salons in Bodmin, Wadebridge and Liskeard all have modern and relaxed environments. The highly skilled teams all have the same goal, to have each client “looking and feeling great”
Aruba Hair Group have successfully trained apprentices in the past who have gone on to become first class stylists. Some are still working in their salons to this day.
After having completed your level 2 apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to progress onto a higher level qualification and progress within the salon into a more advanced position.
The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and be able to work well in a team. High standards of hygiene and appearance are also essential.
Building good relationships with clients is a vital part of a successful salon so excellent interpersonal skills are required.
Being a keen team player are essential for any salon apprentice, and you will learn how to demonstrate this consistently to ensure that you promote a positive image at all times.
Candidates will need to be enthusiastic about training, have a creative flair and a genuine passion for the hairdressing industry.
You must be able to portray a positive friendly attitude to customers at all times.
There are no formal qualifications required for this role, just a willingness to learn new skills and build upon your existing knowledge to become a highly trained member of staff.
The Apprenticeship in Hairdressing includes:
Many aspects of the qualification will be delivered on-site and you will have regular visits every 2 to 4 weeks from your designated assessor from Skills Group, who will monitor your progression throughout your apprenticeship.
The apprentice will also attend regular training sessions with the salon's support.
I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.
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!