Jade McLennan, age 20, from Bolton, is one of many success stories to prove that for some, the best route to learning is not always the traditional one…
Jade was attending Rivington & Blackrod High School in Bolton, when she first embarked on the 14-16 programme, aimed at getting her a career in Hairdressing. “The 14-16 Programme gave me the start I needed, and through it I achieved a Young Apprenticeship in Hairdressing”.
After leaving school, Jade joined the Apprentice scheme with Training for Today (part of Babington Group), gaining a placement for a two-year Hairdressing Apprenticeship on the 14-16 programme, with Shadows Salon in Bolton, where she achieved all of her professional Hairdressing and Barbering qualifications at Level 2.
Furthermore, Jade has since found full time employment in her chosen field, by joining Training for Today, as a Salon Technician in Easter 2013. Jade told us:
Training for Today, and all the hair tutors have helped me throughout my education, and made me the person I am today. I have achieved everything I wanted to do so far. Shadows have been a great stepping-stone to set me on my career pathway. I have become more confident, and a stronger person with the help of these.
How Babington Views Jade’s Success
Since their foundation in 1974, Babington has provided high quality training within Accountancy, Business Administration, Customer Services, Providing Financial Services, and Team Leading and Management, for both Employers and Apprentices alike.
The demands of the Hairdressing community for improved training facilities for learners led to the foundation of Training for Today in 1986, to offer Apprenticeships to young people (aged 16-24), who get hands-on work experience and a qualification, all with the added benefit of earning a salary at the same time. Whilst the £1,500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers helps businesses to grow, by taking on an apprentice.
Babington Group CEO, Carole Carson, is delighted with Jade’s success, story.
It’s a real tonic to everyone involved in the Apprenticeship Programme when a story like Jade’s has such a positive outcome. To use the 14-16 Programme as a platform for learning, and then move on to complete a two-year Apprenticeship, demonstrates a focus and commitment towards her chosen pathway. Apprenticeships are more than just a formal qualification; they also offer learners the chance to develop other skills, such as the practice of good communication, which in turn raises self-esteem. This kind of solid grounding is essential for Apprentice’s whose aim it is to take up a full time position in the field they have trained for.