HNC hair & beauty management student Lara Blackshaw
Returning to college last year to update her hairdressing skills after 16 years out of the business not only gave 33-year-old Lara Blackshaw the Level 3 qualification she needs to work as a stylist but also got her thinking about her long-term career plan.
Lara, who has now progressed to the HNC in hair and beauty management, said: “When I wanted to return to hairdressing I found that my original Level 2 qualification was out of date as I’d been out of the business for so long.
“It took a lot of courage to decide to come back to college after such a long time but I’m so glad I did as, during the Level 3 course, I started to think about what I want to do in the future.
“I’m really interested in becoming a hairdressing tutor or lecturer and doing the HNC course is teaching me valuable business skills, as well as how to lead people and be a good manager, skills that will be transferable to a classroom situation.”