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Alice Cheeseman

Alice’s journey from apprentice to salon owner in just a few years, shows the career opportunities that the apprenticeship route can open up; and the sky’s the limit.

Alice held a Saturday job at a salon when she decided to take the plunge and follow through with her dream to be a hairdresser. She completed her apprenticeship at Walsall College and quickly set about establishing her own business. When the previous owner of the franchise salon she was working in left, Alice leapt at the opportunity to take over and has made a huge success of the business under its new name, Alice at HC Group.

Alice credits her apprenticeship for her success and is so passionate about them as a route to work that she has taken on her own apprentice.

‘Apprenticeships are a great way to start learning a trade and gain real life experience at the same time to prepare yourself for the world of work.’

‘I loved the fact that I was in a real working salon with real clients and earning a wage at the same time. The course set me up to run my own salon and I don’t think I would have achieved this so quickly if it hadn’t been for the apprenticeship.’