Hairdressing Apprentice Shortlisted for National Award

Congratulations to Jasmin Rice who has been shortlisted for the prestigious National Hair Federation (NHF) Hair & Beauty Business Awards, in the Best Apprentice category. Jasmin went up against stiff competition across the country and is one of just five apprentices to be shortlisted nationally.

Jasmin is currently completing her Level 3 Hairdressing apprenticeship at Skin Deep Hair in Plympton, and was nominated secretly by her employer Nikki Willson for going above and beyond in her role as an apprentice.

Nikki says, “I nominated Jasmine to recognise her hard work and dedication to hairdressing. She is one of only five apprentices to be shortlisted nationally so it is a fantastic achievement. The whole team at Skin Deep love having her around and we wish her every success with her future hairdressing career”.

Jasmin says, “I’m thrilled to have been shortlisted for the award. I’ve worked really hard throughout the apprenticeship, so it’s great to get recognition. I want to say a huge thank you to Nikki for nominating me and for supporting me throughout the apprenticeship.”

The winner of each category in the NHF Business Awards will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London on 17 November 2019.

Congratulations and good luck Jasmin!

Pictured (left to right): Nikki Willson with Jasmine Rice

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.

Katie Shorland, 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!

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