Our VTCT EQA came to visit this week and quality assured Functional skills, Hairdressing Level 2 and Barbering Level 2. Our students and staff were amazing, it was a busy day working between the two premises. Poor Sara being observed all day! The students doing the functional skills discussions were amazing, considering they had someone in the room they didn't know, observing them. They got on with their discussions and presentation with ease. Thanks to Emily who stepped up to make up the numbers. Thank you to the barber students who came in specially for the visit. We haven't got the report back yet, but we have been told everything is fine and we are looking forward to the EQA visit in June!
More congratulations to our students. The Tuesday group all passed their two Colour online tests with flying 'colours'. After a bit of trouble with the computers, everything worked out fine and with one student getting 100%! Well done!
Bank holiday weekend
The Academy will be closed on Monday due to the Bank Holiday, but will be back on Tuesday. The training salon is now open Monday - Wednesday until September when our new classes start. We hope the good weather stays for the long weekend so we can all get out and about - with sun screen of course. Check out our Facebook page for some summer hair up ideas.
Teaching and Assessing
As you can see from our image above, learning continues throughout our careers. That is why we have introduced a teaching qualification to our list of continuing professional development courses. This way you can pass on your knowledge to others - whether it is hairdressing or flower arranging. If you teach others or are thinking about it, we will take you through the planning, delivery, evaluation and the principles of assessing. Call 01603 886969 or look under the ' Continuing Professional Development ' tab for more information.
We are deeply saddened by the events that took place in Manchester this week. We send our best wishes to everyone who was involved and their families. It was encouraging to hear of the amount of people who came to peoples aid, with all the doom and gloom we hear on the news, this was good to hear.
Have a great weekend and see you next week!
Wet Shaving Course
Our students have been enjoyed our 2 day wet shaving course. The main challenge being getting brave gents to sit in the barber chair for a wet shave by students. But they did and we would like to thank those models, we couldn't have done it without you. Videos and more pictures will be on our YouTube channel and Facebook next week. If you are interested in the next course, please contact us either by phone 01603 886969, website or facebook.
We went on a business trip to London this week. A very rainy London! Details to follow.
Our 2nd years are working really hard to complete their assessments. Their expected end date is in July and it is great to see that some are already completing and wanting to work on their own clients in their workplace.
We have the External Quality Assurer next week, checking our assessors in Functional Skills, Barbering and Hairdressing Level 2. We will let you know how it went next week.
See you then!
New Teaching Course
We have added a page to our website introducing you to Continuing Professional Development courses - teaching and assessing.
The VTCT Level 3 Award in Education and Learning will take you through the planning, delivery and evaluation of teaching. The 8 week course is ideal for those of you who are interested in teaching, whether in your workplace or in a Training Provider.
You could then move on to the assessor award , this will enable you to assess learners who are on a vocational qualification. For this course you will have 2 sessions of input, prepare for a presentation and carry out assessments on 2 learners.
The Sun was out!
Did anyone get their sunglasses out this week? It was a beautiful walk into work, the birds were singing and the trees looked lovely with the sun shining through them. Makes the start of the day even better.
Sara was getting ready for her wet shaving course, taking place next week, making sure she had all the equipment available and the resources up to date. We are now looking for a few more models so our students can practice. It's free! so please call 01603 886969 to book your appointment either Thursday 18 or Friday 19. Lie back and be pampered.
Some of our 2nd year Level 3 students came in to do their Functional Skills English discussion and presentation - it was very entertaining! They are now ready to complete their qualification, just need to cross the t's and dot the i's. We hope to see them in a few years time, they may become interested in teaching and assessing themselves!
The dilemma on Facebook this week is 'Summer holidays' or 'Winter holidays'. Summer holidays are winning at the moment - which do you prefer?
Let's hope the sun is here to stay next week - see you then!
Our employer evening was a great success. Thank you to everyone who attended. K took us through the changes to the Apprenticeship standards and how they differ from what we are delivering now. Everyone agreed that this was a positive move forward and the apprentices will be ready to hit the salon floor once they complete.
The main difference to the new standards is the End Assessment. Learners will not be able to complete until they have done this. It is very much like a trade test where they will need to bring in their own models and complete the criteria i.e. creative cut, colour and hair up. The main emphasis being on their consultation skills with their client. The apprentice will also have to answer some questions to test their underpinning knowledge. The apprentice will be graded a pass or a distinction.
We are looking forward to the challenge and seeing all our apprentices achieve a distinction!
Those employers who were not able to attend and would like to a personal visit, appointments will be made within the next week or so.
Our 1st year group were working really hard this week, they do every week, but this week especially as they are coming to the end of their theory lessons and looking forward to having practical all day. In their practical class they were all working on their own individual needs - one length cut, setting and dressing out, plaiting and practicing their foils. If you know of anyone who would like to be their model, please make an appointment by calling 01603 305884.
Level 3 2nd years
Our 2nd year Level 3's are coming to the end of their training. They only have a few assessments left. we hope they have learnt a lot and put them into practice on their own clients.
One group of 2nd years were taking their Functional skills tests this week. Unfortunately, we don't get the results straight away so we are going to have to wait. But we wish you luck.
On a Friday, on Facebook, we do a quiz where we ask... Do you prefer cats or dogs? for example. So we asked some the students what they would respond to. We have had some great ideas, so in the next few weeks, look out for our post on a Friday morning while you a travelling to work or school and pick who you would prefer. Today is Harry Styles or Niall Horan from One Direction - Harry is winning at the moment!
We look forward to hearing from you. See you next week!
Well, the learners are back after the Easter break and the 2nd years are working really hard to complete their qualification.
Matrix Master Cutting Course
Karen and Julie (Salon Sixty Six) went on the Master Cutting Course at Matrix with Jamie Stevens on Monday. We are looking forward to them bringing their skills into the Academy to show the tutors what they have learnt.
The learners are so excited about nearly completing their qualification and becoming qualified. They are working really hard to achieve their assessments and progressing on to some Level 3 skills.
Our 1st years have been catching up with their theory, by carrying out online tests, completing their assessment packs and going through any underpinning knowledge they are unsure of. They are doing really well. Some of the learners are completing their shampoo and blowdry assessments and are looking for models who are happy to have their hair plaited and for models who would like a one length cut.
The level 3's are working on avant garde hair up techniques using unconventional tools like coke cans and straws. We look forward to seeing some photos in the near future. If anyone wants to be a model so our learners can try out some of these techniques, please give us a ring.
Sara is really pleased with how her barber students are progressing with their skills. They have another month to refine their techniques and we are so lucky to have male models coming in for them to practice on.
The next course starts on Tuesday 6 June 2017 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm, so if you are interested, please give us a ring on 01603 886969.
What makes a great hairdresser/barber?
There are many things that can make a hairdresser or a barber great, but these are our 5:
1. You're a good listener - we have heard in the news recently that clients open up to their stylist and that they make better therapists that the real deal. But the most significant act of listening you'll undertake as a stylist is during the initial consultation with your client, before their service. It is your obligation to clarify exactly what they want from their service. Before you pick up your scissors or mix the colour, it is vital that you and your client have communicated clearly and that you are on the same page
2. You are honest - if a client wants a look that won't work for them, you must be able to tactfully let them know some other ideas that would better suit them. A great stylist understands how a look will work and wear in the long term, and can identify whether it's a good fit for the client.
3. You possess technical skill and manual dexterity - all the honesty, creativity and listening skills in the work can't make up for a bad haircut. Being a good stylist means committedly learning the ins and outs of several techniques - and staying hungry for more education and training.
4. You are adaptable - an excellent stylist is unfazed by changing trends, new tools, client visions and the millions of tiny inconveniences that some how fill everyone's lives. You never know what your day will bring, so it's imperative that you're confident that your creativity, vision and skill can all come into play to help you achieve a great result and a happy client.
5. Present yourself well - you are an image maker so be sure to develop your image. Your personal presentation impacts how you are perceived. Be clean, tidy and well groomed. Wear clothes that suit your own style - fashionable, alternative or classic. be authentically you so people can trust you.
With the general election coming up, the Government have put a 'pause' on the processes that were due to take place. This will effect things like the AGE grant and the incentive for employers, so bare with us, as we are being filtered information on a day to day basis.
Next week the new Apprenticeship funding rules come into play, so hopefully we will have some news then.
See you next week!
It has been very quiet at The Academy while the hairdressing Apprentices have been on their Easter break. They will be back next week with the 2nd years on their last term of training and completing their assessments.
We would like to thank our models for their continued support, as our hairdressing and barbering students couldn't do their training without them. We are looking for some gents who are brave enough to let our students carry out a wet shave on them. Obviously the students will be fully supervised. If you are interested, the dates are Thursday 18 May and Friday 19 May. Please call 01603 305884 to make an appointment.
Our 6 monthly newsletters for employers and learners are now finished. The employer newsletter will be sent out via email and by Alex when she visits the salons for reviews. The learners can find theirs in the rest areas in both 52 and 66 London Street. You will find the up to date information on the minimum wage, step by step on how to do finger waves, how to look after your back, the next step for our 2nd years, a list of our courses and much more. Happy reading!
We have many students who are now apprentices but are working towards a qualification. One of our hairdressing students has only been with us for a couple of sessions and this week, we had two colour clients in, so she jumped in right at the deep end and carried out 2 colour services. There is no better education that learning on the job and working on clients!
With the students back next week, K and Denise have put up the new colours in the training salon ready for our colour clients and Sara has had a good sort out of the trolleys and tuition heads, the learners won't know what's hit them.
See you next week!
The AAH staff had a day of learning on Monday. VTCT carry out their Functional Skill discussions totally different to City and Guilds so we watched the training video and discussed how to mark the discussions and presentation. We are now ready to carry out the Level 3 students discussions so they can complete their Functional Skills. We also discussed the new Apprenticeship Standards. We planned the best way to deliver the criteria so the learners can achieve a Distinction in their end Assessment. All the details will be available at the Employer Meeting on Wednesday 3 May. We hope to see you there.
Apprenticeship Open Day
We would like to thank everyone who attended the Apprenticeship Open Day last Tuesday and Wednesday. We hope you enjoyed your time and the information given to you was useful.
The majority of the learners are on their Easter break this week and next, so the training salon has only a few appointments available. The barber students are in on Tuesdays who are working well on their clients. We are using this time to sort out the tuition heads ready for the summer term and to give the training salon a good spring clean.
We hope you are enjoy your long week end and don't eat too much chocolate!
One of our 1st year groups, who have only been in training for a few weeks, had a change of plan this week, a client came in for a root retouch and foils, so the tutor used this opportunity for a demonstration and practice. This was the first time they have done these techniques and they worked very well. Well done!
Our private barber students are working and progressing well and are now more competent and confident in their work. They should be complete by the end of next month and another course will start. Have you thought about becoming a barber? This is the perfect opportunity to think about it. Go to our Training Courses page to find out more.
1st year Hairdressers
Our other first year groups who started their training in September are now moving on to Setting and Plaiting theory. With only a couple of units left to study, I bet they will be happy to move to all day practical and get the theory out of the way. The tutor will continue to test their theory knowledge throughout the remainder of their training during their practical sessions. This helps marry the two together and to enforce what they have learnt in the first year.
K and Denise went to the VTCT meeting this week about the new Apprenticeship Standards. We now have the most up to date information ready for the Employer Forum on Wednesday 3 May. Please remember to return your reply card, if you haven't received yours yet, contact us so we can send you the invite package.
The majority of our learners are on their Easter break for the next couple of weeks, but we do have an Apprenticeship Open Day for young people who are looking to start an Apprenticeship in hairdressing or barbering. On Tuesday 11 April 10.00 - 12.00 and Wednesday 2.00 - 4.00, please pop in to 52 London Street to chat with the tutors, find out how you can start your hairdressing or barbering career and even have a go on one of the tuition heads. Parents are also welcome to ask us questions.
Our level 3's have been practising their unconventional styling, so we can look forward to some imaginative hairup photos after Easter.
Dilemma of the Week
Last week we wondered if we had the money, what car would we buy - a Lamborghini or a Porche. No one actually voted for the Lamborghini so the Porche wins. This week we are deciding what wine is the most popular - Red or White? What do you think? Write your answer on our Facebook post and see which one is going to be the favourite. Red or White?
Our new promotional material have been delivered and are now in the post to hairdressing and barbering employers in the Norfolk region. We are inviting them all to an Employer Evening to introduce the new Apprenticeship standards and how it will effect them. If you haven't had an apprentice before and are thinking of employing one, please come to the evening as we will be able to help you with all the legalities.
We are holding an Apprentice Open Day in the Easter holidays. We will be helping them find an apprentice position, so if you are looking for a hairdressing or barbering apprentice, please let us know so we can point them your way.
K and Denise went to City and Guilds last Friday to be updated on the latest news for the Apprenticeship standards, and they are going to VTCT on Monday so we will have the latest information for the employer evening. We look forward to seeing you.
We have put our courses on Eventbrite, so if you are interested in expanding your skills in Wet Shaving or want to move into Barbering you can either book online with Eventbrite or contact the office 01603 886969 to book your place. We have found the app Flipagram so there are lots of videos of our students working and their work on Facebook and Instagram.
Dilemma of the Week
We have started a new trend 'dilemma of the week'. Last week it was Jam or Marmite on toast - Jam was the favourite! This week it is Lamborghini or Porche - Porche is winning at the moment, but what do you think?
Our barbering students are doing some really great work - check out their photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram. If you are interested in learning barbering, follow this link to our Training Courses page for more information.
Our Apprentices break up for Easter from Monday 10 April and start back on Monday 24 April.
See you next week
As you can see in the picture above, our banner took a bashing during Storm Doris, but the new banner looks great and really stands out when you walk down London Street! Come in to see us - whether you want you hair cut, coloured, blow dried or if you are interested in hairdressing and barbering courses, our staff will be happy to help.
We have had two learners complete this week - Well done to Robbyn who completed her Level 2 Apprenticeship in Hairdressing and Almer who completed her Level 2 Certificate in Colouring. We wish them luck for the future.
In the near future we will be hold an employer evening, where hairdressing and barbering employers can get together to chat about the new Apprenticeship standards and how we can help them meet their training needs. More details will be sent out shortly, keep an eye out in the post, Facebook, Instagram and of course the AAH blog.
The Level 3's have started their Creative cutting theory this week, we look forward to seeing some of their restyles.
We are putting on a new course in the near future where you can complete the VTCT Level 3 Award in Education and Training. We are just crossing the t's and dotting the i's and then we can release the details. So if you are interested in teaching, whether it is in your salon or in a training provider, this course will go through how to plan, deliver and evaluate.
K and Denise are in London today, on a City and Guilds conference about the new standards, let's hope they are able to get more clarification so we can inform you about the next training year.
After the tragic event that took place in London this week, we send our condolences to those involved.
Happy Red Nose Day - good luck to everyone who is raising money today! - See you next week!