"I started out as a Saturday girl at a local salon, when my manager asked if I would be interested in doing an apprenticeship.
"I knew it would be a great opportunity and that I'd learn so much, so decided to go for it!
"The experience has made me grow as a stylist so much.
"I feel as though I've also developed a lot of confidence, especially with the likes of colouring hair.
"The balance of being in the workplace whilst studying was ideal. The tutors are fantastic, I'd highly recommend becoming an apprenticeship.
"I'm going to progress onto my level 3 apprenticeship and then continue to develop my career in the salon. Being awarded with a distinction is such a huge achievement!"
"During my weekend job at a salon, a colleague mentioned there was an opening for an apprentice.
"I knew the experience would be invaluable so went for it.
"It was challenging at times but so worth it! I'm so thrilled to be awarded a distinction after all the hard work I put in over the two and a half years.
"As well as the knowledge and experience I've gained, I have also really developed my people skills which is a key part of being a stylist!
"If you're considering doing an apprenticeship I would definitely recommend looking in to it. I'm so excited to move onto the next step - it's great to see my employer so happy with my achievements."
"When thinking about the next step post-school, I was keen to learn on the job, so an apprenticeship made sense. My brother went down this route and really enjoyed it which definitely encouraged me to take the leap!
"I'm so glad I did it. I overcame a number of challenges but it was so rewarding. Getting hands-on experience at a salon whilst learning the theory behind it was great.
"I've learnt so much from the experience - I'm progressing onto my level 3 apprenticeship and following this I want to continue building my clientele at the salon I'm based at. It's been a great opportunity!"