Case study: Apprentices are a cut above in Chatty’s salon

Chatty's Salon“Our assessor is always so helpful; the whole apprenticeship experience route is very relaxed and a massive asset to the business” – Katy and Charlotte, Chatty’s Hair Salon.

Ask any salon owner and they will tell you that enthusiastic workers who are keen to learn practical skills and move the industry forward with innovative new ideas, are a necessity in the hair and beauty industry.

Apprenticeships in hair and beauty offer young people the chance to develop industry-standard skills and techniques, work on real clients and gain supportive qualifications needed to progress in industry.

The hair and beauty sector has long relied on apprentices, interns and “Saturday staff”  to help provide support on the salon floor. It is therefore no surprise that local salons are increasingly putting their faith in apprentices, who are looking to learn directly from people in industry, and bring fresh new ideas to the workplace. 

Chatty’s Hair Salon

Local Mansfield Salon owners have taken their own experience of apprenticeships from shop floor to management – and are now looking to share their knowledge as they take on new apprentices to join their team.

Chatty’s hair salon in Mansfield Woodhouse is co-owned by friends Katy and Charlotte, two former hairdressing students who have worked hard to become managers of their own salon.

Chatty’s opened in January 2014 and has gone from strength to strength. So popular was the opening of the salon that just two weeks in, salon managers looked into hiring an apprentice to join the team.

Apprenticeships are a cost effective way of boosting your workforce. Apprentices invite new energy and ideas into the workplace, and allow you to shape new talent into your ways of working. As an employer, you can choose whether to reskill an existing member of the team, or recruit someone new.

After working with Vision Apprentices to recruit their new apprentice, Beth was hired; an enthusiastic young apprentice, who quickly became a welcome addition to the Chatty’s team.

Beth’s training is supported by Vision West Nottinghamshire College, and it is through this relationship, that Chatty’s is able to offer specialist training to their young apprentice, and help keep up with the latest trends and techniques.

Beth’s duties are varied, and she has already been given plenty of responsibility at the salon, which has freed both Katy and Charlotte up to concentrate on their client base.

Everyone on the team is happy with the way the young apprentice is progressing, and Katy and Charlotte are able to identify any areas that need attention in a friendly and constructive way. Chatty’s are evening considering hiring more apprentices in the near future.

Thinking about  an apprenticeship? Whether you’re a salon owner considering training up a new or existing member of staff, or a young person looking for a route into hairdressing, apprenticeships could be for you.

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