Hairdressing apprentice Grace McDonald
Twenty-six year-old Grace McDonald wanted to study for her Level 3 hairdressing qualification but didn’t want to be a full-time student as she already had a job at the Ego salon on Tettenhall Road. Tutors at the college’s Metro One campus suggested to Grace that an apprenticeship would be the best route for her as she could continue to work in the salon and attend college on her day off.
Grace said: “An apprenticeship is a great way to learn. I work in the salon five days a week and go into college on my day off to meet with my tutor and complete my online assessments. She also comes into the salon to assess my progress and give me advice on things I could do to improve.
“Getting my qualification this way was the best of both worlds as I got experience of observing trained stylists at work in the salon, as well as learning things at college that I could use back in the workplace.
“I really enjoyed going to college – the facilities were great and my tutor was extremely supportive and encouraged me all the way through. And it’s all paid off because my boss is really happy with the progress I’ve made.”
Whilst completing her qualification Grace took part in a competition to become part of hair product company Tigi’s Inspirational Youth team. She will be going head-to-head against nine other team members in a live show at Salon International at London’s Excel centre in October, with the winner getting the chance to work on a world-wide product release for the company in Las Vegas in 2015.