Modern Apprentice ideal fit for Super College Salon

Becoming an Apprentice Salon Assistant provided the solution to Chloe Anderson’s sudden change of career.

The 18 year old from Kelvindale is serving a Modern Apprenticeship with Amethyst - City of Glasgow College’s commercial hair and beauty salon.

Chloe said:

“I was studying Beauty Care & Make-Up at City of Glasgow College but realised it wasn’t for me so left the course. By the end of August I was clear I wanted to pursue hairdressing and saw an advert on with Amethyst. I applied and got an interview and trial and fortunately I was successful.”

As part of her 18 month apprenticeship, which began in October, Chloe is studying SQA Level 5 hairdressing which she does at the college every Wednesday. For the remainder of the week she is hard at work gaining practical experience in the salon.

“Doing an apprenticeship is great because it’s a job; I’m getting a wage and more experience than I would just being in a class and not seeing what goes on in a salon. I wash hair, check on the clients, keep the salon clean and tidy and I watch everything the stylists do. I am learning so much."

Amethyst’s salon manager, Cristina Devine, said:

“Hair salons traditionally employ juniors who learn the trade from the ground up. Turning this role into an apprenticeship is perfect for Amethyst as it maintains the link between industry and the college. I also lecture at the college and find it very rewarding to bring someone on, see them develop their skills and gain in confidence.

“We are maintaining the highest of standards for our clients having Chloe with us.  It’s great to be met by her enthusiasm every morning and she has a lovely manner which I know customers appreciate. She’s an asset to the team and I’m sure will enjoy a successful career in hairdressing.”

The 18 year old, who attended Clevedon Secondary School, wants to be the best she can and has ambitions for the future.

“Having my own salon is definitely something I would consider. For now though I am concentrating on getting my SQA Level 5 hairdressing and then I want to go on and do Level 6 which has a more creative edge to it. I am learning a variety of techniques such as zero degree angles, long and short bobs, as well as layering and colouring which I personally really enjoy,” added Chloe.      

To find out more about the range of Modern Apprenticeship programmes available at the college, please visit our website.