When 18-year-old Reiss Randall got an apprenticeship at a hair salon in Bournville, he wasn’t just helping himself to grow, but the business he was working for too.
After eight months of learning the ropes on the salon floor and training at South Birmingham College he is now a respected member of the team and is on his way to achieving his goals and helping the salon achieve theirs.
After school Reiss did a fulltime course in sport but realised it wasn’t for him. He got a Saturday job in a local hair salon to earn some money and soon realised hairdressing was the career for him. He applied for a junior position at Stevensons Hair Salon only to find out that it was an apprenticeship – something that he had not considered before.
Reis said: “I was delighted when I was told about the apprenticeship. It meant I could be in the salon learning from colleagues, gaining the skills I needed and learning how to deal with clients but also be able to go to college for just one day a week and get the essential training I would need to work my way up the career ladder.
“It is quite a big thing for someone my age to be able to earn money without falling behind in education. In the college I am learning about things like the theory behind hairdressing, hair structure and customer service from experienced tutors in a really professional environment and I can put these lessons to practise while I am at work.
“My dream is to work my way up to a senior stylist and maybe one day own my own salon. Doing the apprenticeship with South Birmingham College and Stevensons has helped make a big difference – I know having the qualifications as well as experience will give me a real future in the industry.”
For the salon, having young fresh people working for them is an important part of being successful. With four apprentices, Stevensons have realised the benefit that apprentices can bring to business.
Jeanette Walton from Stevensons said: “At the salon we really see the benefit of investing time and money into apprentices because you reap your rewards from them. You can train them in the way that is right for your business, and they bring motivation, fresh ideas and energy. In an industry such as hairdressing it is important to grow and stay fresh, and to do this you have to pass on your experience to the younger generation and let them take it forward. We have never looked back since getting our first apprentice.”
* For more information about doing an apprenticeship at South Birmingham College, contact 0121 694 5000. If you are an employer interested in taking on an apprentice with South Birmingham College, call 0800 731 3467. South Birmingham College also has apprenticeships in business and administration, construction and construction management, hospitality, hair and beauty, retail, care, and financial services.