SPIRES Hairdressing Apprenticeship
SPIRES HAIRDRESSING are looking for two apprentices
to begin training with us this summer.
SPIRES has been established at 1 Church Lane East Grinstead since 2008.
We have an additional salon at the Copthorne Hotel and there are plans to open
a third salon in the near future. We have a team of experienced stylists and are
supported by top hairdressing brands including L'Oreal and Schwarzkopf.
We want the stylists of tomorrow to experience everything this great profession has
to offer and to love what they do so they can really make a difference.
We believe in raising the standards in professional hairdressing even higher
through our own unique training programme.
What makes SPIRES training special?
In partnership with an external training provider we offer apprenticeships with our own unique SPIRES in-house practical training
1-to-1 tuition in practical work ensures rapid development of all essential hairdressing skills including shampooing, blow-drying, cutting, colour, wedding hair etc
Opportunity to practice with live models
Experience working on a busy salon floor
Develop creativity and take part in specialised photo-shoots
Develop transferrable skills such as teamwork, organisation and working to deadlines
NVQ level 2 course includes Functional skills in Maths & English
SPIRES course is enhanced with specialist teaching in Applied Science
To apply for an apprenticeship at SPIRES we would expect you to have
GCSEs in English, Maths and Science at Grade 6 (B).
There are officially no special entry requirements to embark on NVQ level 2 course
but those without good GCSE grades are required to reach satisfactory standards in Mathematics and English in Functional Skills at level 2 in those subjects.
Suitable applicants would also be expected to demonstrate a degree or artistic flair and
a genuine interest in the people who will be their clients in this public service industry. They should also be able to work effectively within a team, be receptive and able to
respond to instruction. They must be good timekeepers and be able to work to
deadlines under pressure at busy times.
At SPIRES the NVQ level 2 course is completed in 18-24 months.
After a further period of about 12 months, during which junior stylists gain
experience and start to build up their own clientele, suitable candidates will
start on the more advanced NVQ level 3 course.
Further specialisation can be pursued at level 4 (eg in salon management, colour correction, advanced styling etc) and within the industry it is possible to continue training even higher to degree level.
The SPIRES Experience:
Apprentices follow the NVQ level 2 course set by the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT).
VTCT is a specialist awarding organisation offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of service sectors.
With more than 1200 approved centres, VTCT has an ever-expanding list of centres throughout the UK and Ireland with increasing international presence.
Training is completed in-salon gaining hands-on experience in dealing
with real clients; apprentices are given 1-1 instruction under the supervision
of our highly trained experienced stylists.
Monday is the main training day at SPIRES.
Apprentices practice the skills they have been taught on live models.
An assessor from our training partnership visits the salon every 3 weeks and apprentices are continually assessed as they work towards the NVQ level 2 (VTCT) qualification.
In addition we have our own Science Teacher who delivers an Applied Science curriculum
which is fully relevant to the skills apprentices acquire on the NVQ course.
The applied Science course incorporates elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
and is continually being updated.
At present it currently covers the following topics:
The science of shampooing
Skin and the hair growth cycle
Common scalp disorders
The Physics of Colour (including Colour Wheel)
The Chemistry of Hair Colouring
Apprentices play an important and integral role in all salon events and have opportunities to take part in photoshoots and promotions, careers fairs, wedding fairs and many other activities. Currently an apprentice and a junior stylist have responsibility for organising all aspects of the production of a charity calendar to go on sale before Christmas.