Salon’s aprentices aim for highest standards

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A North Wales hair and beauty salon that invests time and effort ensuring staff and apprentices are trained to the latest and highest standards, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Phoenix Hair and Make-Up in Abergele is one of 28 finalists in nine categories of the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, organised by the Welsh Government in partnership with the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW).

The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru recognise the outstanding achievements of learners, employers and providers involved in the delivery of quality Apprenticeships across Wales. Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes in Wales are part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

The winners will be announced at a high profile awards presentation ceremony at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Wednesday, October 24, where the winners of the National Training Awards for Wales will also be recognised. The joint awards which will be attended by around 300 key stakeholders from the vocational education and training sector across Wales.

Sponsor of the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, which aim to showcase excellence in skills development in Wales, is Pearson and media partner is Media Wales.

Phoenix Hair and Make-Up, a finalist in the Small Employer of the Year category, has built a reputation for providing high standards. The salon currently employs three apprentices – one is currently following a Foundation Apprenticeship in Hairdressing while the other two are following an Apprenticeship in Hairdressing, which are being delivered by Coleg Menai.

“As a business that prides itself on providing excellent training for all employees, we believe that our salon’s approach to learning develops the apprentice in a fulfilling way, providing opportunities for the learner to engage in extra training that is essential to achieving a great career in the hairdressing industry,” said owner, Pauline Heap-Williams.

“Not only do our apprentices have globally recognised qualifications to work towards, but also have competency in all area of hairdressing that is essential to building a clientele.”

The salon adds additional elements to the apprentices’ learning schedule that includes salon etiquette, such as answering the phone appropriately and client service elements. These are taught in-house to help build confidence and nurture their career as they progress.

“The Apprenticeship programme allows a structured path of learning where a salon can adapt its training to include elements that are specific to our business, but also extremely valuable for the learner,” added Pauline.

Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert said: “These awards recognise excellence by individuals, employers and learning providers in delivering training. I am delighted with the standard of this year’s finalists and the variety across all ages and sectors, which shows the strength of the skills being delivered in Wales.

“All the finalists have an inspiring story to tell and are great ambassadors for apprenticeship and other programmes in Wales.

“The skills acquired through programmes, such as Apprenticeships, provide great benefits to individuals and employers, helping make Welsh businesses more competitive.

“The Welsh Government is committed to creating more apprenticeship opportunities for young people in Wales and continuing to support employers who are willing to offer high quality apprenticeship places.”

The NTfW is a network 116 quality assured work based training providers with links to 35,000 employers across Wales.

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