Success Stories: Natasha Crooks, Hairdressing Full-Time Course

We had a chat with Natasha Crooks who has almost finished her Hairdressing Full-Time Course at Skills Group with flying colours and is currently interviewing for an apprenticeship!

“I’ve always enjoyed hairdressing – I used to do my Dad’s hair to practice! I also prefer a hands-on style of learning rather than theory and being sat at a desk, so a hairdressing course followed by an apprenticeship was the perfect option for me.

“The course at Skills Group has been brilliant. The facilities are fantastic; the training salon is open to the public so we gain experience working with clients which helps to prepare us to start an apprenticeship. The trainers at Skills Group are knowledgeable and supportive and I can approach them about anything. In the salon, we practice a range of tasks from blow-drying to setting – it’s very varied!

“The course also gave me the opportunity to go out on a work experience placement at Toni and Guy for two weeks – they offered me a Saturday job after just two days which I was thrilled about! I’m now interviewing in salons to secure an apprenticeship through Skills Group, which will enable me to achieve my qualifications while working and earning a salary.

“My advice for others who are wondering what to do when they finish school is to think about what they enjoy doing and go from there. Also pay attention to which course you choose, as some are more theory based and others more practical – so think about what learning style works best for you.

“After I’ve finished my hairdressing apprenticeship, I’d perhaps like to move onto a barbering qualification so I can offer both services. In the future, I’d like to have my own salon and take on apprentices.”

Well done Natasha and good luck moving onto an apprenticeship – you’re doing brilliantly!

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