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!
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.
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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.
We were visited by the EQA this week and he observed a discussion by our 2nd years. They chose to talk about terrorism and the tragic events that have happened recently. They were great, they had a very grown up discussion and they made some very interesting comments about how they feel about the whole subject. We are always interested to hear what our students have to say and it is great to listen to their discussions. We were again very proud of our students - Well done!
Our 2nd years are now in their last month of training and they are looking forward to working in their salons and their own clients. As the students are coming to the end they need specific types of models especially cuts and colours. If you are interested in being one of our models, please call 01603 305884 to make an appointment. We will look after you and will give you a full consultation, the only thing is that they will take a little bit longer than a more experienced stylist so bare with us.
Our 1st years tried their first short graduation this week and they thoroughly enjoyed it and produced great work. Photos will go up on our social media page next week. It is great to see the students working hard and enjoying what they are doing. Great work!
Our new barber students are soaking up the knowledge they are being given and can't wait to work on our male clients. As we like to keep our clients happy, Dean (an ex student) has very kindly been coming in on a Tuesday, keeping up with the clients until the barber students are more confident with their scissors and clippers. Thank you Dean, we do appreciate it.
As you can see from the above photo our Level 3's have been practicing their creative colours. Great work again by our students! If you are interested in having something different, whether it is a colour or a cut, our Level 3's are available on a Monday afternoon. Call 01603 305884 to make an appointment.
Karen went to an ESFA - Education and Skills Funding Agency - meeting on Tuesday in Coventry. Even though she got lost on the roundabout system, she finally got there. There are still some decisions being made about the new funding rules etc. due to the election and the hung parliament, but when things have finalised we will be able to let employers know about their contributions and grants that are available.
It's this time of year, where we get together, look into our crystal ball and think - how many new starts are we going to have? what days should they attend and for this year, how do we alter our delivery to cater for the new hairdressing and barbering standards?
September seems such a long way away, but there is a lot to do between now and then, especially with all the new changes to the standards and the funding rules.
But we will get there, it happens every year and we look forward to starting a new academic year and meeting the new apprentices starting their career in the hairdressing and barbering industry.
If you know of anyone who is interested in an apprenticeship, we have salons who are looking and if you are a salon owner looking for an apprentice, we can put you in touch we some potential employees.
You may also be interested in teaching and assessing your new apprentice, our 8 session teaching course, would be ideal. Visit our Professional Development page for more information.
New start in Barbering
We started a new barbering class this week and would like to welcome the new learners and look forward to seeing their work in the near future.
We would also like to welcome Carol Bell who is shadowing Sara in the barbering class as she is interested in teaching. She is an employer and a barber, she also completed her assessor award with us late last year.
Another tragedy has hit London. We send our best wishes to everyone who was involved.