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Colette Cairney

Before I could start studying hairdressing I had to re-take my Maths GCSE at a sixth form, but as soon as I achieved that I started looking for jobs and came across hairdressing apprenticeships. I decided that was the route I wanted to take and now I am doing the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Hairdressing through the College. I have always been really interested in hairdressing and fashion and to me they go hand in hand – when one changes so does the other. I think this is why I never loose attention or get bored when doing this course because there is always something new to learn when new trends become fashionable.  

I have one day a week in college and the rest of the week working in a salon in Hereford, called The Hair Lounge. I think this style of learning is really effective for me because I’m not keen on the classroom environment. Everything is very practical and hands on. The tutors make sure we get any of the theory out of the way as quickly as possible so we can move onto the practical work. I think the tutors are a real asset to the college, as they offer so much support and I’ve learnt so much from them; they have really made me enjoy education.

I recently completed my End Point Assessment (EPA) which consisted of me having to work on two models in a 6-hour window. On my first model I had to do a curly blow dry and a put up, then on my second model I had to do a T-section foil colour with a long to short restyle. I had a slight drawback at the start because my first model was late which worried me, but I actually finished the two with 20 minutes to spare. I am proud to say that my class had a 100% pass rate on our EPAs.

After I have completed my Level 2 Apprenticeship I definitely want to progress onto the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Advanced Hairdressing.