Having been in the hair and beauty industry for over 20 years, Carmel Hennessey is now passing on her knowledge to daughter Sarah as she carries out her apprenticeship at family-run salon – Signatures Hair and Beauty.
Based in Sheldon, Signatures Hair and Beauty is a relaxed and friendly salon that offers a full range of hair, beauty and holistic treatments.
Twenty-three-year-old Sarah, who is carrying out her apprenticeship with Solihull College, has always had a keen interest in the beauty industry having grown up watching her mum at work, and she is now fulfilling her dream of treating clients herself.
Sarah comments: “Beauty has always been a passion of mine. I am thoroughly enjoying my Apprenticeship and learning from my mum makes it even more special. Working in the salon on a daily basis is allowing me to quickly develop my skills and experience, something I perhaps wouldn’t be able to achieve if I wasn’t doing the apprenticeship programme.”
From manicures and pedicures, to facials and waxing, the Beauty Therapy Apprenticeship allows Sarah to practice all areas of the beauty trade, while learning the theory aspects of the qualification at Solihull College one day a week.
Carmel says: “As a salon owner there is nothing better than training staff the way you want them to work, and the apprenticeship programme is the perfect way to achieve this. Investing quality time into supporting Sarah through her apprenticeship enables her to become a highly trained beauty therapist, delivering a first-class service that I am happy for my customers to receive.”
Sarah is also a qualified body piercer, a talent she hopes to pursue further in the future, she adds: “After completing my apprenticeship this summer, I plan to progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy, whilst also completing a qualification that will enable me to teach body piercing.”