Former Hairdressing Apprentice Laura Smyth

Former apprentice Laura Smyth

At just 28 years old, Laura Smyth is the proud manager of a hair salon – and puts her success down to her apprenticeship with City of Wolverhampton College.

Laura, who manages Zacs in Kingswinford, said: “I left school at 16. My school tried to talk me out of it as I had good grades in my GCSEs and they wanted me to do my A Levels. But I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser as I had been a Saturday girl in a salon since I was 13, so embarked on an apprenticeship.

“I have friends who have gone through university and now don’t have a job that is anything to do with their degree. Apprenticeships are a lot more relevant and you don’t incur the debt that you would at university. In fact, I own my own house and I was probably one of the first of my friends to do that.

“As a manager of a hair salon, we take on apprentices with the intention that they will become stylists for us in the future, as they will be trained to salon standards and have real working experience.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend an apprenticeship to anyone thinking of doing one.”


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