HAIRDRESSING & BEAUTY APPRENTICESHIP AWARDS 2008
Closing date for entries is 29th February 2008
search is on for the country's top apprentice employer and apprentice
as the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has launched its fifth annual
Apprenticeship Awards 2008. Employers of all sizes are encouraged to
enter the prestigious Awards.
The Apprenticeship Awards are held annually to celebrate the success
of apprentices who have made a real difference to their future and to
the organisation they work for. They also recognise the work of employers
who are successfully tackling skills shortages to build their future
workforce through Apprenticeships.
The hairdressing and beauty sector was well represented at last year's
Awards ceremony with two apprentice finalists, who both began their
careers as apprentices at their respective companies. Here we look at
their inspiring careers, giving an insight into how they turned their
lives around and really made the most of their apprenticeships.
Victoria Nebbett, Ashtead, Surrey
Highly Commended - Apprentice of the Year 2007
year old Victoria Nebbett successfully completed her Apprenticeship
in Hairdressing in September 2006. Since then she has been promoted
twice and is now senior stylist where her role involves responding
to client needs, ensuring they receive an excellent service so
they return to the salon; all of which is vital for the success
of the business.
One of her key duties involves working closely with the salon's
apprentices, supporting them and teaching them the essential skills
the trade. Due to her success during and following her Apprenticeship,
Victoria has been involved in speaking at seminars nationally to encourage
other hairdressers to make the most of their talents.
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really enjoyed her Apprenticeship and says: 'I love my job and choosing
to do my Apprenticeship was definitely the right decision. Due to my success,
I have entered into a number of competitions and won a prestigious national
award - Wella Trend Vision for stylists under 30. This also gave me the
opportunity to compete in the world finals which I could never have even
Noel Lawson, owner of Monroe Hairdressing, is proud of Victoria's hard
work and determination: 'Victoria is a talented stylist who has been very
successful in retaining a loyal clientele as well as bringing in new business.
This has mainly been due to her competition successes, as she has featured
in numerous trade magazines enabling her to be both recognised within
the salon, and now within the industry as a very creative individual.
'This has been great in boosting the profile of the salon and has really
helped us recruit established staff, and further apprentices. She is an
asset to our business.'
Kay Bolton, training provider, Inter Training Services Ltd, says: 'Victoria
is a role model to her peers and deserves to win the award for her hard
work, determination and success.'
Fiona Fay, London
Highly Commended - Personal Achiever of the Year 2007
23, has overcome many personal barriers to reach her current position,
helped by her Apprenticeship.
A difficult upbringing left her with anxiety attacks, low self
esteem and separated from her younger sister. Finding herself
living in a hostel surrounded by people with a negative outlook
on life, Fiona became even more determined to achieve something
Through her LifeSkills E2E programme, Fiona joined the Central
Training Academy for a week's work placement. Central was so impressed
by Fiona's work that they soon offered her a full time role as
a receptionist/ administrator. She was quickly promoted to recruitment
administrator and she completed her Apprenticeship in Business
Administration while in this role.
says: 'I am so grateful to the academy for believing in me and offering
me the role. I have learnt so much more than I could have imagined,
and the best thing is that I am with my younger sister again as I can
now afford to look after the both of us.'
One of Fiona's role is a mentor, which she relishes: 'When I first started
as a receptionist I lacked self confidence, but now I mentor students
who are in the same position I was five years ago. This is a real benefit
when building relations with new learners as I can relate to them, so
the stage of my life that I once tried to block out, actually turned
out to be the route to my professional success!'
academy was so impressed by Fiona's determination and skills
that her role continued to evolve, and she received a further
promotion to recruitment officer.
The students also benefit from Fiona's experiences: 'Being young,
living locally and having completed an Apprenticeship meant
students could relate to me, and come to me with their professional
and personal problems.'
The academy recognised the need for a company mentor to support
the learners while they were on the programme, and created a
new role of recruitment and mentor officer, with Fiona in mind.
Whittam, Fiona's line manager from Central Training Academy, is amazed
by Fiona's progress and says she is a true example of the good that
can come from hard work and determination.
'Fiona has overcome many personal barriers in her young life, but
has tried and succeeded to work through these obstacles. She is an
ambassador to all apprentices and an exemplary employee.'
Apprenticeships benefit employers and staff
Chris Banks, Chair of the Learning and Skills Council, says: "Apprenticeships
are a more attractive option than ever before for those employers
wanting to take control of the future of their business by investing
in skills. Today, more than 130,000 employers across the country are
using Apprenticeships to improve their business performance, whilst
giving talented individuals the opportunity to achieve their goals.
"Entries to the Awards have increased year on year and we have received
around 4,000 since the first Apprenticeship Awards in 2004. We are
now calling on all apprentice employers across the country to enter
our fifth national Awards."
Employers are eligible to enter one of four categories depending on
their company size;
Micro (1-9 employees)
Small (10-49 employees)
Medium (50-249 employees)
Large (250+ employees).
They are assessed on a number of criteria including implementation
of the Apprenticeship programme, clear demonstration of the way Apprenticeships
have benefited their business and the level of support provided to
In addition to the employer Awards, there are four categories open
to apprentices - Apprentice of the Year, Advanced Apprentice of the
Year, Young Apprentice of the Year and Personal Achiever of the Year.
Awards Premier Sponsor for the fourth consecutive year is City
To enter the Awards, or for more information, visit apprenticeships.org.uk/awards
or call 0800 954 8896. Deadline for entries is 29 February 2008. The
Apprenticeship Awards will be held on 10 July 2008 at the Royal Horticultural
Halls in central London
the end of the academic year 2006/07:
learning as at end July 2007
So for 2006/07 on average, 22,460 individuals were undertaking
Apprenticeships in hairdressing and 94 in barbering.
There are currently nearly a quarter of a million apprentices working
in over 130,000 organisations in England alone, across 80 different
sectors of industry.
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