We spoke to Joe about what it’s like to complete a level 2 Apprenticeship with Andrew Collinge. Since completing his NVQ Level 1 apprenticeship, Joe has been working towards an NVQ Level 2 qualification with Andrew Collinge and currently works at Boudoir Boutique in Birkenhead on the Wirral.
What made you decide to train in hairdressing?
I’ve always wanted to work in hairdressing and since the age of 14 I’ve been helping out in salons. When I was younger I would experiment with friend’s hair and often styled my mum’s hair. I think hairdressing is something some people have a natural flair for.
Why did you choose to become a hairdressing Apprentice?
I chose to become a hairdressing Apprentice because I wanted my own independence. I liked the fact I could earn money whilst I learn.
How has the second year of your apprenticeship differed to your first?
When I first started as an Apprentice I learnt the basics about hair colours, cutting and blow drying. In the salon I spent a lot of time watching others, looking after clients and undertaking general maintenance tasks. As I’ve progressed through my level 2 apprenticeship, I’ve learnt more hairdressing skills. I now work with my own clients and have built up my own clientele in Birkenhead. I’m always improving and learning new techniques.
What do you enjoy most about your level 2 apprenticeship?
I love meeting new people and enjoy working with the team at Boudoir Boutique in Birkenhead. I really enjoy working as a hairdressing Apprentice because I have the opportunity to speak to people all day every day.
I also enjoy taking part in the Andrew Collinge intersalon competition each year as it gives me the chance to see what other apprentices have been working on. It’s a nice change from working in the salon and it’s fun to spend time with other apprentices. This year I came 7th in the level 2 competition.
What would you like to do after you finish your level 2 apprenticeship qualification?
After I complete level 2, I would like to progress to a level 3 apprenticeship and then eventually become a Hairdressing Assessor.
Do you have any tips for anyone wanting to work in hairdressing?
I think you should just be very confident in yourself and don’t let anything slow you down.
Interested in becoming a Hairdressing Apprentice with Andrew Collinge? Find out more here.