Jade Laurie – 17, Meadowbank
What apprenticeship programme are you on at the college?
“Level 2 Hairdressing modern apprenticeship.”
Who is your employer? What do you day to day with them?
“I work for Kalon and am loving every second. I’m working as a junior stylist washing and blow drying client’s hair – the team have been really supportive and it’s a great way to get straight into the work environment without being thrown in at the deep end with no help.”
Why did you choose the apprenticeship?
“As far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted to work in the hair and beauty industry. I loved styling my friends’ hair when I was younger. An apprenticeship seemed like a good way to learn on the job, rather than studying something that requires a lot more than just being able to cut hair. Dealing with real customers, training in real salons is the only way that I think you can develop. It’s challenging but it really prepares you for the real world.”
What would you say about the experience so far? What’s been the highlight?
“It’s definitely been difficult and is very fast-paced but it’s given me so many options that I wouldn’t have had before – and experience I wouldn’t have gained if I’d gone to university.
“I’ve learnt all the ins and outs of the industry in such a short time and that’s allowed me to specialise in certain areas that I’ve really enjoyed. I love colouring so Kalon has helped me apply for a course with the American brand Redken Color – that’s definitely going to be a highlight for me. I’m really excited.”
What have you achieved on the course?
“I’m only just starting out but every day is an achievement for me as I’m always learning new skills and gaining new experience in the salon.”
What are your ambitions for the future?
“Long term, I want to open my own salon here in Edinburgh. I’d love to run my own salon because I could personalise it and be creative. Right now, I’m working towards being an advanced colourist – that’s what I’m passionate about so having that end goal keeps me motivated.”
What would you say to someone who’s thinking about doing a modern apprenticeship?
“It’s a great course, but it’s not easy, so you have to really want to do it and be prepared to knuckle down. Working in the salon as well as training in the college is a full-time commitment but I already feel ready to take on the challenge.”