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Apprenticeships Make the Cut in Sheffield Salon

Education Secretary Ruth Kelly recently announced that the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has met the Public Service Agreement target for Apprenticeships.

The LSC revealed that more than 176,000 young people from 16 to 21 years old have started apprenticeships for the first time during 2004/05. This is more than just a national success; it has local implications for peoples” lives.

Sheffield hairdresser Karen Talford owns Broomhill salon, Shine. After travelling the world with her styling skills, she is now passing her knowledge onto a new generation of young Sheffield apprenticeships.

The Value of Apprenticeships

Karen knows the value of learning a trade and the importance of these apprenticeships. She completed her one many years ago and was part of the National Show team, doing hair for competitions and demonstrations for other hairdressers. She then took off on cruise ships, with her hairdressing skills, seeing the world. Her travels have taken her from Hong Kong to Hawaii and Sydney. She has even met Hannah Barber and done Diana Ross’s hair!

Nine years ago Karen decided to settle down in at home in Sheffield and has set up a successful business. She employs two stylists who have completed their apprenticeships in the last three years. Lee is a junior stylist who has just completed his apprenticeship and Verity is a young apprentice, starting out.

Fun and Work ““ How It Shapes Up

For anyone who is not keen on learning, but wants to leave school, Karen has plenty of advice. She says: “You don”t need to be exceptionally clever. It’s about people skills and co-ordination”¦You have to work hard, but you get your hair done for nothing ““ and people everywhere have hair and need it cutting every six weeks.”

Lee said: “It’s fun. You work hard but it’s a relaxed atmosphere and you get to be artistic. Karen is brilliant at teaching us the skills we need. You need to find the right employer”¦I”m glad I kept on and finished my apprenticeship.”

Apprenticeships are open to anyone who lives in England, between 16 and 24, not taking part in full-time education. If you are keen to learn, work and develop your practical skills then contact the National Apprenticeships Helpline on 08000 150 600 for more information or please click here.

Angela Balakrishnan

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