Success Stories: Claudia Dymond, Level 2 Hairdressing

“I had already completed my Level 2 and 3 Media Make-Up Apprenticeship and had worked on two film sets, photoshoots and in the theatre. I even worked alongside the make-up artists from the Walking Dead! However, I wanted to achieve a qualification so I can progress with both make-up and hair in my career going forward”.

At just 20 years old, Claudia already has a wealth of experience in the Hair and Beauty sector. She is currently working on her Level 2 Hairdressing Apprenticeship at March Hair, training with Skills Group one day a week.

“I wanted to be a hairdresser from being little, as I loved experimenting with different styles. Since I started at March Hair in September, I’ve realised how creative the stylists truly are. It is great to be able to learn from experts in their field.

“I chose an apprenticeship to achieve my qualifications as you learn more on the job than when you are just sat in a classroom. During an apprenticeship, you have stylists and industry professionals to learn from everyday whereas in college you do not receive the hands-on experience. It would be a huge step moving from there onto the shop floor.

“Since starting my apprenticeship I’ve been involved in a huge range of tasks from colouring to blow-drying – it’s never dull! I’ve perfected my foils and have been observing cutting and will progress onto this soon. Every day I learn something new in this industry, and I’m sure in ten years’ time I’ll still be learning new techniques!

“My apprenticeship has been amazing. You get thrown in the deep end with March Hair, but it means you obtain plenty of experience. I would recommend working here to anyone. In the future, I would like to progress onto Level 3 and continue to work at the salon. My goal is to grow a big clientele and work with both make up and hair.

“I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship over going to college, as you do not develop the people skills needed to deal with customers there. My top tips for anyone wanting to do an apprenticeship would be to work very hard, take on board any criticism and learn from it”.