As part of Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week we decided to give you all an insight to the life of our very own apprentice Rachel Michie.
What attracted you to a career in hairdressing?
I have always been a creative person, I love experimenting with current fashion trends and love making people look and feel good, so hairdressing was a great choice for me.
Why did you decide to go down the apprenticeship route?
I think if you are in the right salon with a variety of clients it’s possible to progress at your own pace, so I looked around to find somewhere that did a Workplace Modern Apprenticeship and that’s how my hairdressing career started at The Hair Shop.
How long have you been an apprentice?
Ive been working for Sarah Franklin at The Hair Shop for 2 years in August. I have completed my Level 2 and just started my Level 3 to complete my MA, I have achieved this by working through my SVQ course work with my workplace assessor and taking work home to complete.
What does a typical week involve for you?
In my first 2 years I have been learning basic hairdressing techniques and organising my colleagues who may require assistance. My job is to see that everyone is organised and clients are happy, so each day runs smoothly. Now that I am studying for Level 3 I am doing more clients and gaining confidence.
What elements of the apprenticeship have you enjoyed the most?
I love doing colouring and long hair dressing because it brings out my creativity. We have recently had a day workshop in long hair dressing which allows me to experiment and push the boundaries.
What advice would you offer a young person looking to enter an apprenticeship in hairdressing?
There is a myth that hairdressing is easy, standing around and speaking, but it’s far from easy! It’s great to start at the bottom and work yourself up because that way you understand what needs to be done and the importance of doing things right. As a stylist you are selling yourself and your skills so it’s important when you are responsible for someone’s appearance to get it spot on.
What goals do you have for your career in hairdressing – and how will your apprenticeship help you achieve these?
My dream is have my own salons and expand with beauty services. I have a love with all things to do with beauty and make up, which goes hand in hand with hairdressing. I have recently began a personal blog to explore my interests in social media and how it is so useful in a business – http://www.fashionandbeautyobsessed.wordpress.com
Day 13 & 14 – A Farewell to Arms
Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd November
Well things are coming to a close and last minute assessments are being finalised and ticked off. Gifts are being exchanged and the employers are muttering about how many students they want to take on whilst the youngsters are looking forward to their end of course trip to Nicco Park. It’s an afternoon of thrills and spills and they deserve a wee treat after all the effort they have put in in the last 6 weeks. We were mighty relieved to find it was a fraction of the price of Alton Towers thank goodness. We decided this would be the perfect time to say goodbye rather than going back to the village with them and said our sad farewells at the exit before they piled onto the school bus. I had thought that I would be able to handle all the emotion knowing they have a few more life skills and have a path to follow but it was hard.
Day 12 – The Secret Window
Thursday 20th November
It’s always a bit of a laugh driving around and seeing some of the bill boards advertising stuff. Loved the wedding themed ‘Your love is like steel, our furniture compliments it.’ It was advertising those steel man cupboards, where no self-respecting woman would dare go. The ones that men have in the garage to keep the drain rods, sprockets and funny shaped sponges to clean those tricky places on their cars … only in this instance, in the picture, it was in a house with saris, girly blouses and heels stacked neatly one on top of the other. Maybe that’s what really happens in a man cupboard, who am I to say? I think all us women should find the household torch and sneak out and dare to have a peak….you have been warned!