Joe is a budding hairdresser learning his trade while undertaking an Intermediate Apprenticeship at Capa Hair Studio. The 18-year-old had already completed a full-time barbering course at MK College before he applied for the hairdressing Apprenticeship opportunity at Capa, wherehe’s now worked for more than a year. At first, Joe was unsure how to take the first steps onto the career ladder, but friends told him all about the invaluable experience offered by Apprenticeships.
“It’s been amazing. I’m learning new skills and getting paid on the job.”
“Not only that, I’m learning more than I would be in College as I’m dealing with real, paying customers.”
As well as honing his personal development skills and learning the tricks of the trade by shadowing senior colleagues, Joe says that working in a commercial hair salon has improved his confidence no end.
“Working with clients has been great. I used to be really shy, but now I’m answering the phones and I understand real customer service,” he said.
Joe still attends College on day release where he is currently working towards hairdressing theory skills and gaining a Functional Skills qualification in Maths. And while the Apprenticeship has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for Joe, he’s also made a big impression on his boss, Paola Greco, Director at Capa Hair Studios. She said: “We’d not had an Apprentice for a couple of years, but we found Joe and he’s been a god send. He just gets on with it, he’s brilliant with the customers and is developing really well.”
Joe would now happily recommend an Apprenticeship to friends and family.