Lots going on this week since finding out about being on the new Register, it helps when walking into work listening to the birds singing and seeing Spring in the air.
We are still buzzing from attending the Dipple and Conway Hair & Makeup Show last Friday. There was some amazing hair and make up especially the body painting - the models who were very brave going on stage with not much more than the body paint. The Academy was supporting Salon 66 with their Sci Fi category - Blade Runner - well done to them for creating some great hair inspiration and make up.
We are planning an Employer evening to introduce the new Apprenticeship Standards and how we can help you with training your hairdressing and barbering apprentices. More information next week.
2nd year learners
Our learners are working really well, especially our 2nd years who will be completing their Hairdressing Apprenticeship in July 2017. If you or someone you know who is willing to sit for a while having their hair coloured or cut to help our learners, please call 01603 305884 to make an appointment. They will be happy to help you.
1st year learners
We have several 1st year groups who are working really well, practicing their cuts and being assessed on their shampooing and blowdry units. In theory, they have come to the end of their colour knowledge, which they thoroughly enjoyed, doing really well in their online tests. One group has even sent in their ERR project in for marking - very keen.
We have a small group of 1st years who only started a month or so ago, with a new learner starting this week, they are already working well on their blowdrys and getting ready their online test for shampooing and completing their assessment packs.
Level 3 learners
Our Level 3 hairdressing apprentices - 1st years - have also come to the end of the creative colour unit - all getting good marks in their colour and colour correction online tests. The 2nd years are coming to the end of their Apprenticeship, finishing off their assessments and Functional Skills, just the discussion and presentation to go!
We have several private students working on cutting, colouring and barbering qualifications. One student handed in her completed portfolio this week, a collage of her work will be put up on social media next week. Well done to her. Our barbering students, pictured above, have passed all their online tests and love practicing on the clients who come into the training salon. We had a new student start this week, visiting friends from Australia and wanted to learn barbering! We look forward to seeing their progress in the weeks to come.
Dilemma of the week
We had a dilemma in the Academy this week - Justin Bieber or Ed Sheeran? At the moment it is half and half - what do you think? Look on Facebook for the post to say how you would vote. This is going to be a weekly activity, to have a bit of Friday fun and to get people talking.
See you next week!
It was Mental Health Awareness Day on Tuesday and some of our learners dressed in yellow and staff wore yellow ribbons in their hair or on their clothes to help promote the awareness! Product training was given to the remaining learners who haven't had the training, so everyone is now aware of the Matrix products and the types of hair they should be used on.
The first year learners were given the opportunity to bring in models for an open workshop this week to practice the skills they have learnt so far. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more pictures. The above picture was from a Level 3 student, it looks amazing!
We were finalising the details on our new NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing course this week. It will start in April and will take you through to Christmas. There are 9 units - shampooing, cutting, colouring, setting, style & finish, consultation, maintain effectiveness, cutting mens hair and plait & twist. All great units to help you start your hairdressing career. If you are thinking of changing your career, this course will be ideal. We will guide you through the knowledge and practical criteria to meet your assessments and throughout your training there will be opportunities to have your own column in the training school to help you gain salon experience in a controlled environment. Call 01603 886969 to reserve your place.
The quiz this week on Facebook is a hairdressing knowledge questions. What do you remember about the hair structure?
Our Level 3's have been practicing their colour work this week, working on clients or their tuition head. Some great work all round!
Sara has been busy visiting salons, observing in house training and delivering barber training to stylists. If your team would like to extend their knowledge of barbering or hairdressing skills, our professional tutors are available to deliver the training in you salon. Please call 01603 886969 for more details.
We take pride in our training to ensure all our students go away with a deep knowledge of hairdressing and barbering techniques to ensure they can meet the challenges they will face everyday in their salon.
Our 1st years have started on their functional skills training and they will do a bit every other week until they are ready for the online test. They are now ready to start working on clients, so if you would like to have your hair set, blowdryed or even put up, our learners are available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please call 01603 305884 to make an appointment.
Next Tuesday is Mental Health Day and we will be thinking of this day by all of us wearing yellow. We look forward to the pictures. World Mental Health Day is a day for global health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. This years theme is mental health in the workplace.
Our 1st year hairdressing apprentices were practising one length cuts this week. They were working on neat sections and tension. As well as the technical issues relating to cutting hair, the tutor was also checking for deportment and how the learner holds their scissors. Hairdressers will be predominately cutting hair so we ensure our learners are standing correctly from the beginning and throughout their training.
Our Level 3 in Hairdressing students were working on creative cuts, colours and hair ups. They were letting their creative skills flow and came up with some great looks. If you want to have a change in colour, cut or happy to let a learner carry out a creative hair up style (obviously we will put your hair back to your day look if necessary!) clients are required on Monday and Thursday afternoon.
Our 2nd year apprentices are continuing to progress with their skills and their qualification. They are always looking for clients to practice their skills and to carry out their assessments. Appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 01603 305884.
Our new barbering course starts today. We hope they enjoy their day and we look forward to seeing their work.
Now that the new training year has settled down, the management team met up for their first meeting of the year to plan for future courses and how we have improve our facilities and training. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news.
Our Level 3 students are getting some ideas for their creative styles by creating a moodboard. They were practising this week on tuition heads, but if you fancy one of these styles or something different, we have appointments available on Monday and Thursday afternoons. We look forward to seeing their creations.
Our 1st year apprentices had some Matrix product training by Gemma at Barkers. They learnt what the different shampoo and conditioners are used for so they know when they start working with clients they are using the correct products on the correct hair. This knowledge will continue throughout their training as they will be working on clients every week.
Our self funded Barber course starts next week, we are looking forward to meeting our new students. We do have 2 spaces left so if barbering is something you have always thought about doing, we will be happy to speak to you about the course details.
Teaching is a very rewarding profession, especially if you are passionate about your subject and want to pass on your knowledge. Our teaching course starts on Monday 23 October for 8 sessions 10.00am - 4.00 pm. If this is something you are interested in please visit our Continuing Professional Development page to find out more information.
Visit our Facebook page for our weekly quiz! A mini farm has 4 pigs, 5 sheep and 7 rabbits, how many chickens does it have? Answer on Facebook tomorrow
Our 1st year hairdressing learners started with us this week. Learning about their qualification, rules and regulations, health and safety and theory behind shampooing. In practical they practiced blowdrying with a round brush and then an open workshop to show the tutor what they already know. We hope they enjoyed themselves and we can't wait for next week when we can start working on the Level 2 Diploma Hair Professional (Hairdressing) qualification.
The Diploma is a new qualification where the main change is the end assessment. All learners will have to complete their assessments through their training with us and then carry out an end assessment which is like a trade test. This qualification includes some criteria of the Level 3 in Hairdressing. The aim of this Diploma is to ensure the learner is ready to go on the salon floor when they have passed their end assessment.
A new group of Level 3 in Hairdressing also started this week, busy practicing creative colours. Sara and K went on a Matrix Master Colour workshop this week and Sara shared the knowledge she learnt with the learners.
We are excited for the forthcoming year and sharing our hairdressing knowledge with our apprentices.