Apprentices train at Award Winning Salon

Congratulations to one of our employer partners, The Salon, which has been named Retail Salon of the Year 2020 at the The Joico Conference Awards.  Along with this prestigious award, Patrick McNicholas, the Salon Manager, won the coveted Colourist of the Year award and they were runners up in the most Social Savvy Salon category.

Former New College Durham apprentices Georgia Medland and Erika Mawson are thrilled to be part of the award winning team. They both secured permanent roles at The Salon. Georgia is currently employed as a senior stylist. During her time as an apprentice, she won Apprentice of the Year at Level 2 and 3 and came first in the regional heat at UK skills. She said:

“College really did bring the best out in me. I also had a supportive team of brilliant hair designers to work alongside. The Salon is an amazing place to work and reach you own goals.”

After completing her apprenticeship, Erica stayed at the salon and has progressed to the role of assistant manager. She works alongside Patrick McNicholas as a salon educators, passing her skills and knowledge to juniors within the salon group.

Erica said: “I absolutely loved every minute of my apprenticeship, learning the theory at college and gaining the practical skills. I wake up every day and look forward to going to work. I am very lucky to be working alongside a creative group of people who never stop learning.”

Michael Embleton and Alan Armstrong own The Salon which is based on front Street in Langley Park. Michael is passionate about educating the next generation of hair stylists and enjoys passing his knowledge on to the young hairdressers of today. The Salon works in partnership with New College Durham to give young apprentices a high-quality education. Current apprentices Nikki I’anson and Codey Jones are gaining experience working alongside Michael and his skilled team while studying for their qualifications at New College. 

Nikki said: “It’s great to be part of an award-winning salon. The training here is amazing.” Codey added: “I love learning the theory of hair at college then I can put my skills to good use in the salon.”

Amanda Dixon is a Lecturer & Skills Co-ordinator at New College Durham. She has worked with The Salon for several years, teaching or assessing the apprentices. She is greatly impressed with the training the apprentices get at the salon.

Amanda said: “The guys at The Salon bring out the confidence in the students and give them the appetite to want to develop themselves in the hairdressing industry. The Salon caters for all age groups of clients, so this allows the apprentices to develop a wide range of skills. Each of the trainers have a lot of knowledge and specialist skills that they are keen to pass on which allows the students to develop into amazing stylists.”