Cliodhna Emslie-Wilding is on an exciting career path after studying on an apprenticeship at Solihull College & University Centre.
Cliodhna started her level 2 apprenticeship in hairdressing three years ago and is about to complete her level 3. From school Cliodhna knew that classroom learning wasn’t necessarily for her and through the advice of her mother began to consider apprenticeships as an option. By chance, walking passed a hair salon in Shirley, Cliodhna spotted a sign in the window advertising for an apprentice. From there she took in her C.V. and went through the various trials before becoming an apprentice.
During her time as an apprentice with the College, Cliodhna has felt fully supported by both her salon, College tutors and assessor. ‘Whenever I need help with anything I don’t hesitate to ask’, she states.
Cliodhna notes that the best thing about being an apprentice is that not only did it provide her with the opportunity to learn on the job but it helped build her confidence. “I would without doubt recommend this route to others” she says, “I have with my own sister. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”
When asked about her future aspirations, Cliodhna would eventually like to own her own salon and is fully aware of the work that she would need to put in to get there. Hairdressing apprenticeship co-ordinator Leigh-Anne Wallis says, “I’ve seen a huge change in Cliodhna from when she started as a shy apprentice straight from school. She has gone from strength to strength and continued to improve her self-confidence through both level 2 and level 3 apprenticeships. Her attendance is exceptional and she doesn’t need to be asked to submit her course work. She is an asset to the College, to her salon and to hairdressing.”