A former apprentice is helping to support a new generation of hairdressers to enter the industry after taking on three trainees.
Hannah Fine (picture above, right), owner of Marzipan Hair in Truro, is passionate about welcoming upcoming stylists into the sector after launching her own successful career with an apprenticeship.
Since opening the doors of her salon in 2010, Hannah has helped to train at least one apprentice a year ever since.
“We are keen to develop future talent,” she said. “Each of these apprentices are an important part of our business model and our aim is to give them the best training we can. If there isn’t a position with us when they qualify, we want them to be competent to get a job in another salon.
“It is so important to take on apprentices and give people the chance to learn about a new career. Having completed an apprenticeship when I left school, it gave me the kick start to join an industry I still love.”
Currently taking part in an apprenticeship with Hannah are Mia Darlington (pictured above, left), Abigail Dickens (pictured below, left) and Natalie King (below, right). Abigail and Natalie are currently completing an NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing and Mia an NVQ Level 3, all with Truro College.
Natalie, aged 17, is thrilled to be at Marzipan Hair as she was keen to learn about the business while working in a busy salon.
She said: “I’m learning everything from shampooing to cutting, and blow drying to colour and I get to experience interacting with customers in the salon.
“I would 100% recommend doing an apprenticeship, as I love and enjoy the fact that I am learning while on the job and I am also getting to experience customer service at the same time, meaning that I am building my social skills.”
Fellow apprentice Mia has aspirations to open her own salon in the future and hopes her training is the first step.
She said: “I applied for an apprenticeship because I think it’s a great way to have an understanding of how a salon works and it is also a good way to pick up different skills while working.”
Learning a range of cut, colour and styling techniques at college and in the salon, Abigail would recommend apprenticeships to anyone looking for a positive first step into a new career. She said: “It is the best way to get a head start in any career and it provides more hands on training and visual learning than a full time college course.”