Nicola Irvine
Nicola Irvine

Nicola Irvine

A Grangemouth hairdresser hopes Modern Apprenticeship (MA) Week 2017 (6-10 March) will inspire more young people to find out more about the innovative programme.

Nicola Irvine (19) who is a Hairdressing MA with the Rod Smith Salon in Falkirk feels there could be an MA for everyone, especially if they ask for information from Forth Valley College.

Nicola, who is on a Level 3, two year MA, said:

“I am really enjoying my MA and would definitely recommend it to anyone. In many cases you don’t need loads of qualifications, as on an MA you are pretty much starting from scratch.

“When I left school, a careers advisor I had been speaking to every week told me there might be a job going at the Rod Smith Salon. I had always wanted to be a hairdresser, so I applied, went for an interview and got the job. Rod Smith have been brilliant and I started on the MA at Forth Valley College Falkirk Campus from there.

“I have dyslexia, but the college have been really supportive and the lecturers are really good and inspiring. Their facilities are great as well and there are working salons at the campuses in Falkirk, Stirling and Alloa, so you are learning the foundations of your trade in similar surrounds to the workplace.

“I am also able to build up my confidence both at the college and at my work where I am speaking with clients and learning from professional stylists on a regular basis. I would love to become a senior stylist like them and build up my own client base. I really enjoy where I work.

“My advice to anyone thinking of doing an MA would be to check the courses at the college and ask for more information. Just go for it.”

If you are interested in becoming an MA, please click here.


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