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Young hairdresser has winning style.

Byline: By Steven Oliver

A teenager is proving she can cut it after securing a position as senior stylist at Elite Hair Salon, in South Shields - thanks to the Modern Apprenticeship programme.

Having always dreamed of a career in the hairdressing trade, Rachel Anderson, 18, from South Shields, left Brinkburn School with healthy GCSE results and enrolled on a Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Hairdressing, at South Tyneside College.

Having completed the course, funded by the Learning and Skills Council Tyne and Wear, Rachel was recently voted best Foundation Modern Apprentice of The Year by her college, receiving a cheque for pounds 100 and securing a full time position at Elite.

While studying for her Foundation Modern Apprenticeship, she attended additional night classes at the college in makeup and manicure techniques, to add further strings to her bow.

Rachel is enjoying her new role at Elite and is responsible for cutting, restyling, makeovers and hair colouring.

"After completing my GCSEs I was really keen to get straight into the workplace to earn a wage," said Rachel.

"The Modern Apprenticeship programme has allowed me to receive a wage and gain valuable experience within the workplace, whilst receiving training at college.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my course and I would advise anyone who is unsure of which career path to follow after completing their secondary education to seriously consider the Modern Apprenticeship programme."

Rachel is now looking forward to completing her Advanced Modern Apprenticeship next summer which will enable her to develop in her role at the salon, providing her with further experience of the hairdressing profession.

Both South Tyneside College and Rachel's managers at Elite, Julie Leaney and Lynn Grey, have been impressed with her commitment, dedication and progress.

Avril Pollard, a course tutor at South Tyneside College said: "Rachel is a hardworking, dedicated student, the fact that she attended additional night classes as well as studying for her Foundation Modern Apprenticeship demonstrates this. I have every confidence that she will succeed in her Advanced Modern Apprenticeship programme."

Modern Apprenticeships are the Government's work based learning flagship option for people aged 16-24 years, offering them an alternative to higher education, by giving them the opportunity to both earn a wage and gain a qualification at the same time.

They combine on the job training with learning at college or through a training provider and are funded by the Learning and Skills Council so there is no cost to the individual learner or employer.

To find out more about how a Modern Apprenticeship could help you onto the job circuit, call 0800 150 6000 or visit
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 2, 2003
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