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Skills Bootcamp: Electric Vehicle

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Skills Bootcamp: Digital Marketing

If you’re aged 19 and over and looking to progress in your digital marketing career, a Skills Bootcamp could be your next step.

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#NAW19 Apprenticeship Case Study: Molly Potts at Hair Systems

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2019, we’re catching up with some of our brightest apprentices who are building their careers across a range of industries, and finding out how they are making a difference to the businesses from their employers.

Today we hear from Molly Potts, a Level 2 Hair apprentice at local salon Hair Systems.

What made you choose to do an apprenticeship?

I wanted more hands-on experience in a real salon, rather than studying in a classroom. I love doing hair and I wanted to start work as soon as possible. I’m currently doing a Level 2.

How did you find your employer/apply for an apprenticeship?

I looked online and found Hair Systems first, then we linked to Gloucestershire College. I attend college one day every two weeks, for the other days I am in the workplace.

What was the application/interview process?

I had an interview and a trial day. It wasn’t as daunting as I thought, everyone was very approachable.

What does your apprenticeship involve?

I greet clients and make them comfortable ahead of their appointment with refreshments.  I assist other team members by washing the client’s hair and prepping them for the treatment. I also often carry out the finishing touches, styling the client’s hair after their treatment. I am gradually building relationships with our regular clients and adding to my skill set.

What is your favourite thing about the apprenticeship?

I learn better practically rather than in a classroom so I’m really enjoying the hands-on aspect of it, where I can actually put my skills into practice. I think you learn a lot more if you are in the real world of work.

What are your plans after you finish?

  • Complete a Level 3 qualification
  • Build more clientele here
  • In the future potentially have my own salon

Would you recommend doing an apprenticeship in your industry?

Yes absolutely, I would advise people to look into it even if they aren’t sure. I am so happy I made this decision.


Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

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Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

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