Lauryn explained, "They never let me doubt myself or get down
on myself, they always push me on to be the best that I can be. For anyone
considering an apprenticeship, I’d highly recommend it. In the long run I think
it provides you the best foundation possible for a career in hairdressing.”
The nature of modern apprenticeships mean
that employers benefit as well as the students. Donal McCarron is the managing
director at Daniel Anthony’s Salon in Enniskillen, and he says Lauryn has
learned a lot on the job but also brought a lot to the business in return.
Donal says, “real world salons are without
a doubt the best place for new hairdressers to learn their trade. In a salon
every client is different, so apprentices with us never know what they’re going
to face or what their next challenge will be. Customer relationships are
crucial, and it’s only here that students can experience that.
“We as a business also benefit a lot from
apprenticeship programmes. The best way for us to bring in new hair stylists is
by hiring them in as apprenticeships and bringing them through the business, so
they learn the way we work and educate themselves in a real industry
environment. We love being able to work with South West College, where so many
positive hairdressing careers begin. We’re proud to work with the college to
help students progress and ultimately it’s too our major benefit, because we
end up with talented, experienced employees working with us.”
swc.ac.uk/courses/apprenticeships to find out more about apprenticeship
opportunities or to apply today.