Kai Jordan-Gill has turned his natural flair for barbering into a career by working towards a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Professional Barbering.
Kai began his course at Calderdale College in September 2018 and will soon be approaching the half-way mark in his two-year course, which is due to end in September 2020. He’s well on his way to completing the course early though, due to his hard work and strong progress.
“I’ve always worked in barbering as I used to help out in the salon on a Saturday, so I knew it was a career I wanted to pursue,” says Kai. “Being at college is great though, because I’m learning lots of new skills, but I can still earn a wage while doing my apprenticeship, which is really important to me.
“All of the tutors are really friendly and they’re very good at explaining things when you don’t understand. I know I struggled with sectioning and styling longer hair when I first started, but Rebecca and Helen gave me lots of support and now I feel really confident in my skills. The social side of studying at Calderdale College is brilliant too and I’ve made some good friends already.
Kai already has big plans for his career, once his apprenticeship has finished, saying: “I’d love to run the salon where I currently work. I enjoy being around the customers and interacting with lots of different people every day. My boss is looking to open another salon, so hopefully I’ll be able to step-up and help him run things.
“I’m also really interested in putting my skills to the test by taking part in barbering competitions in the future!”
Rebecca Armitage, Training Officer at Calderdale College, said: “Kai is only 16 years old, but the skill level he is displaying is amazing. He’s such a dedicated student and I am sure he has a fantastic future ahead of him.
“Since day one, Kai has been committed to doing the best on this course and each time I carry out a visit he has lots of models prepared for his assessments. His hard work and natural flair for barbering mean he is well on his way to completing his qualification early.
“Kai’s employer is also a past student of mine, so he understands the work involved in completing an apprenticeship and has been leading by example, giving Kai lots of encouragement and pushing him to do his best. It’s great to see them both doing so well.”
Apprenticeships and Calderdale College
Calderdale College is a major work-based learning provider, delivering high-quality training programmes in partnership with local and national companies.
The only college in West Yorkshire rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for apprenticeships, the college delivers a range of qualifications, from Intermediate (Level 2) to Higher (Level 5), covering 25 different sectors, including Business, Construction and Digital Marketing.
On an annual basis we train over 500 apprentices and work with over 3,000 local and national employers, ranging from micro-businesses to some of the region’s largest levy-paying companies. We also help them to recruit apprentices to their workforce, matching hundreds of school and college leavers to apprenticeship vacancies.