National Apprenticeship Week: Find out how an apprenticeship can push you to reach your full potential

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of National Apprenticeship Week, we’re shining the spotlight on a successful apprentice each day, this week.

Today, we’re shining the spotlight on Emily Syers, who has worked alongside celebrity stylists during her apprenticeship.

Hairdressing apprentice Emily Syers has had the opportunity of a lifetime during her time at Warrington salon Lisa B’s.

The 17 year old started her apprenticeship in July 2015 to follow her dream of working in the industry. With a passion for using her creativity and imagination, Emily has done more than cut and colour clients and regularly creates unique hairstyles that rival those of celebrity stylists.

Emily said: “An apprenticeship is giving me the experience of what it’s like to work in a busy salon environment in the real world. Every day is completely different and I get to meet so many different people, which is helping me to improve my people skills as well as my hairdressing skills.

“I chose an apprenticeship because it challenges you and allows you to express yourself. You get thrown into the deep end but that’s good because it gives you that push to reach your full potential.”

During her apprenticeship, Emily has had the opportunity to work with a number of celebrity hairdressers.

She spent the day working as a junior to X Factor stylist Jamie Stevens and has also acted as a model for Desmond Murray.

Emily said: “It’s hard to pinpoint one thing as a highlight because it’s all a highlight within itself. For me, just being given this opportunity is incredible.

“Working with Jamie and Desmond has been the biggest thing and I feel fortunate to be able to model for them. It’s all been so overwhelming. I can’t thank Lisa enough for all she has done for me.”

Lisa Sherratt, owner of Lisa B’s salon, has employed 10 apprentices from Warrington Collegiate during her 23 years in the industry.

She said: “I think every business should hire an apprentice – they’re our future.”

“Without us having an apprentice, without us having Emily, we wouldn’t be able to function. Emily is a huge asset to the salon, to the community and to our staff.”

Tomorrow we’ll be shining the spotlight on children & young people’s workforce apprentice Jodie Price.

Until then, check out our fantastic range of apprenticeship vacancies.