Kristina Ryan is styling a new career after landing an Apprenticeship at a popular hair salon.
The New College Stamford student is seven weeks into her training course at the Charles Barry salon in Corby and is already growing in confidence and skill.
She has already completed Levels 2 and 3 in ladies hairdressing and is now studying Level 3 in barbering and hopes to be employed permanently at Charles Barry once her Apprenticeship is complete.
“Hairdressing is something I have always wanted to do, so I was really happy when I got offered the job here,” said Kristina, 23, from Corby.
“I have learned so much already and am getting a lot of experience in things I had never done before, such as styling men’s hair. It was a challenge at first, but I really like it.
“I was a little nervous in the beginning, coming into a real life environment, but I feel a lot more relaxed now. The college course is helping me enormously because it’s so relevant to my job here. I gain different things from work and the course, and together they work really well with each other.”
Caroline Mann owns two Charles Barry salons and The Barbers in Uppingham and has employed a number of apprentices in the past through New College Stamford.
Some have been taken on permanently and are still working in the salons and Caroline believes Kristina will experience the same success.
She said: “Kristina is doing brilliantly – she is cutting hair and learning a range of new techniques, so we are very happy with her progress.
“She is our third apprentice and is certainly living up to the great experiences we have had in the past. I like taking on apprentices because they can learn the way we want them to work, they get a hands on approach to gaining skills and qualifications and they get to earn a wage. Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to really learn about a profession and whether or not they want to do it.
“In Kristina’s case, she has come on so much in such a short space of time. She was very quiet at first, but has grown in confidence enormously. She has a lot of potential.”
Theresa Maddison, Learning Standards Manager for Service Industries Skills at New College Stamford, said she was delighted to see Kristina doing well.
She said: “Kristina is working really hard at college and is applying her experience in the salon to her studies, which is one of the great benefits of an Apprenticeship. Her hard work is already paying off and she is making great progress.”