Former hairdressing student Julie McIntosh
When Julie McIntosh signed up to do her hairdressing qualifications at the college in 2004, little did she realise that just three years later she’d be offered a job here as a tutor!
Julie said: “I did my initial hairdressing qualifications in Jamaica but when I moved to the UK I found out that they weren’t valid here so, at the age of 29, I came back to college to start again.
“After gaining Level 1 and 2 I did a dual Level 3 course – leading to me being qualified in both European and African Caribbean hair – and as the course finished I was offered a job as a hairdressing tutor and have worked here ever since.
“Being a tutor after being student is a real advantage as I understand the amount of work required on the course and how they have to juggle studying with other commitments. And from the students’ point of view it’s good for them to see how my career has progressed after gaining my qualifications.
“But just because I’m working doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped learning – I’ve since gone on to gone further study with the college, gaining my assessor’s award as well as the Level 4 Certificate in Education/PGCE.
“I’m proud to work for the college, proud of my students’ successes and proud to be passing on my skills to the next generation of hairdressers.”
And Julie’s experience of working and studying at the college has rubbed off on other family members too – her sister is a preparation for work tutor here, her daughter and another sister have done their hairdressing qualifications at the Metro One campus, and her son is planning to enrol for a catering course next year!