Dean of Study- Service Sectors Industries, Counselling and Mental health, Education and Digital

At 16 I started on my journey to become a hairdresser through an apprenticeship programme. The sector is creative and I loved to talk even back then so ideal for me. After completing my level 3 I went into become an advanced colourist working at L'oreal as well as setting up my own business, which I ran for 10 years. After being diagnosed with a joint condition I went onto to complete my assessors and later a Teaching qualification. I truly had the Education bug- I am passionate about vocational training and the career pathways they can bring to life whether you are academic or not. Having a resilience and positive work ethic assists in every role and they have gotten me to where I am today. I never thought I would end up managing a range of vocational pathways but I love it. What a privilege to be part of someone's first steps into work!

My Hair and Beauty experience includes an apprenticeship at levels 2 & 3 then a mastercolourist qualification. I have also gained assessors and IQA awards, a Teaching qualification, and completed management programmes. I now have over 15 years experience of working in an FE environment and working closely with local employers from a range of sectors.

What inspires me the most about being in education is the learners' journey. Every journey is individual to them and it's a privilege to be part of that.

My advice to learners would be to take every opportunity to add skills and knowledge to their CVs! This could be through employer visits, masterclasses, placement hours, and competition training. Ask and demand lots from your teaching team. This is the start of your career journey and we need to ensure you have the knowledge to leave us confident for the next step to Higher Education or straight into industry.

The Service Sector is such a great industry to get involved in, the sector is forever changing and you will always have work because of the skills you will have!

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