Apprentice scheme proves a cut above

Campaign to find 100 apprentices reaches the halfway point.
Campaign to find 100 apprentices reaches the halfway point.
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MORE than 500 Sheffield students have been placed in hairdressing or barbering apprenticeships in just one year.

Training provider W Academy & Education, based on Scotland Street, Sheffield city centre, made the announcement after the close of National Apprenticeship Week.

It has placed youngsters into apprenticeships across the county and offers training at its site on Ecclesall Road.

Marc Wildes, managing director, said: “We are delighted with our success to date.

“Our team of forward thinking trainers and learners have worked hard to stand out from the crowd, as reflected by our placement figures, and feedback.

“We look forward to welcoming some fresh talent into the organisation and continuing to grow from strength to strength during our second year.

“Training our future generation is the best way to ensure the skills necessary to thrive in the future.”

W Academy offers apprenticeships, advanced training and NVQ qualifications as well as refresher courses, creative workshops and leadership courses.

Teenager Sophie Pitts, aged 17, is currently training for her NVQ level two in hairdressing and had an apprenticeship with S12 Hair, Nails & Beauty, Birley Moor Road, Frecheville.

She said: “My apprenticeship helps me to put into practice all the new skills I’ve learned in my training, and also gives me the hands on experience of what it is like to work in a real salon.”

Apprenticeship success has also been reached elsewhere.

Rotherham College of Arts and Technology and The Source have recruited 54 apprentices so far in their 100 in 100 Challenge.

Young people have been placed into apprenticeships, from engineering to retail.

Stephen Casey, college head of business improvement, said: “The 100 in 100 campaign is hitting home, raising awareness of apprenticeships and the benefits they have to the business community.”

“We are well set to overachieve our target.”