Hairdressing apprentice Ashwin Midha

Ashwin Midha

After completing a full-time Level 1 diploma in hairdressing, 20-year-old Ashwin Midha wanted to learn ‘on the job’ and transferred to an apprenticeship scheme.

Ashwin, who works full-time at The Coach House hair salon in Wolverhampton and attends the Metro One campus one day-a-week to study for the Level 2 diploma said: “The Level 1 course taught me the basics but since progressing to the apprenticeship I’ve learnt so much more.

“It’s a more one-to-one way of learning and it’s also giving me experience of what working in a real salon is like. And I can combine the skills and experience I gain at college with those I’m developing in the workplace to make me a better hairdresser.

“I knew I didn’t want to end up in a ‘dead end’ job but thought I might have left it a bit late to decide what I wanted to do as a career but I’m glad I made the choice that I did.”

Ashwin now intends to progress to the Level 2 certificate in barbering and, once fully qualified, rent a chair in a salon to gain further industry experience before opening his own salon in the future.

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