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Apprentice Nykita is a cut above the rest

14 January 2015
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Teenage salon star and apprentice stylist and colour technician from Gloucestershire College, Nykita Jowsey, is fast proving the value of apprenticeships to Cheltenham-based salon Laura Leigh, after reaching the final four in the western region of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Young Colourist Award 2014.

Since starting her apprenticeship at 16, the 19-year-old former Cleeve School pupil from Cheltenham has continued to wow with her skill and drive to succeed. From winning the College’s Winter Wonderland competition in 2011 to achieving four L’Oréal Academy diplomas and being promoted to Head Junior since, Nykita has now almost completed her Level 3 Hairdressing NVQ and would love to teach in the future. 

Nykita said: “My main duties whilst working towards my Level 2 included washing hair, cleaning sections, general client care, answering phones and taking bills. Now I am Head Junior, I oversee what the other juniors in the team are doing. 

“The best thing about my apprenticeship are the opportunities and standard of training I’ve received both in the salon and at college, which led me to entering the L’Oréal Colour Trophy competition and making it to not only the final 37 in the UK and Ireland, but the final four in the west. 

“My apprenticeship has given me valuable, first-hand experience of working in a salon and one day I would love to teach and share my skills and knowledge with others. The programme has exceeded my expectations; the opportunities are endless and I hope to enroll on to more courses in the future.”

Salon owner, Laura Leigh, says it is “essential” for her business to have apprentices working in the salon, and she also employs 18-year-old Level 2 apprentice, Natalie Ursell from Cheltenham, and 19-year-old Level 2 apprentice, Holly Jacques from Cheltenham, who is due to progress on to her Level 3 NVQ soon. 

Laura said: “The apprentices help with the daily running of the salon and are the key people who provide customer care to our clients. They make an extremely positive contribution to the business and help senior members of the team provide the best professional service.

“The key benefits are being able to offer young people high-quality training, while they work and earn. This benefits the employer and the employee. The training and development of our staff is essential for the future success of Laura Leigh Hairdressing.  

The Gloucestershire College Business Hub advertises all live apprenticeship vacancies online. Visit to search and apply online, or call 01452 563400 for more information.

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