A CITY hairdresser is helping to create a new generation of talented stylists with the appointment of six new apprentices.
Gary Hedley has expanded his team of trainee hairdressers and now has six apprentices from Newcastle College working within his group of salons.
Robbie Wilson, 17, from Whitley Bay, Amber Atkinson, 17, from Winlaton, Rachel Griffiths, 16, from North Shields, Liam Ormston, 17, from Shiremoor, Darren Hutchinson, 17, from Tanfield Lea, and Daniel Nelson,18, from Blaydon, are all celebrating being placed with the hairdressing group’s salons in Eldon Gardens, Mosley Street in Newcastle and Burnopfield.
The budding stylists will work alongside Gary and his team at the business’s three salons to gain job-specific skills and training while working toward a Level Two hairdressing apprenticeship, a nationally-recognised qualification.
During their two-year programme, apprentices will be trained in a range of skills to become a professional stylist, including cutting, colouring, styling and blow-drying, as well as learning health and safety legislation related to working in a busy salon.
Liam, who is working at the group’s new Mosley Street salon, said: “Working in a professional salon is fantastic. It’s different from just learning at college. With my apprenticeship I get the opportunity to put the things I’m learning into practice.”
Kirsty Park, section manager for work-based learning at Newcastle College’s Lifestyle Academy, said: “Apprenticeships are an ideal path for those who want to enter the world of work while continuing their education.
“They also represent a good training route if you are looking for a career change and need to retrain. We work closely with employers to ensure our training programmes fit the needs of their businesses. It is extremely gratifying to see Newcastle College apprentices gain placements with such a prestigious name in hairdressing as Gary Hedley.
“The training provided in his salons will allow the apprentices to develop the skills and techniques they learn on our apprenticeship programme.”
Gary Hedley, said: “As an organisation that prides itself on quality, we want to work with the best training providers available.
“We have worked alongside other organisations in the past, but the flexibility that the Newcastle College apprenticeship programme offers allows us to train our staff the Gary Hedley way.”