Former hairdressing apprentice Laura Smyth
Hairdresser Laura Smyth is proof that you don’t have to go to university to get a degree and that an apprenticeship can lead to a great professional career.
After doing her hairdressing apprenticeship training at the college back in 2006 and 2007, Laura has gone on to become a Wella master colour expert (gaining a degree in colour) and salon professional alchemy master, as well as gaining an assessor’s award and working as a stylist on the American Idiot musical at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham.
Laura, aged 26, who is senior creative director at Zak’s hairdressing in Wolverhampton, said: “My advice to anyone interested in hairdressing is to do an apprenticeship as you get experience of working in a salon at the same time as gaining your qualifications.
“College teaches you the practical things you need to know and you can put them into practice back in the workplace – it’s a really good way to learn.
“Hairdressing is an exciting industry to work in – fashion is always evolving and techniques are always changing so there’s always an opportunity to learn more and improve your skills further.”