Budding stylists from City of Wolverhampton College picked up tips from one of the UK’s top hairdressers as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Apprentices and Year 2 and 3 hairdressing students from the college’s Metro One Campus were visited by Midlands Hairdresser of the Year Sophie Beattie on March 11.

Sophie, who is a former apprentice of the college, talked to students about her journey to becoming one of the country’s top stylists.

The 31-year-old artistic director works at Royston Blythe and picked up her award for Midlands Hairdresser of the Year alongside co-owner Nick Malenko.

She said: “I was a hairdressing apprentice at the college 15 years ago. I had a really good teacher and loved it. When I went into college to do my theory I got a different feel for clients due to the different clientele.”

“Being an apprentice was a great experience as you need to work in a salon to gain an insight into what working life will be like. The salon is where the magic happens!”

Account manager John Langham said: “We are delighted that Sophie has come in to share her experiences as a hairdresser. As a former college apprentice, Sophie is a great example of what can be achieved if you really put the effort in and I am sure she will be a great inspiration to our current students.”


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