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!
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.
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.