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 Maddy - Hair & Beauty

Maddy

Maddy has attended the Fermain Academy since she was referred by a partner school in year 8. During years 10 & 11 myself and Maddy looked at ways we could enhance her career options through Career lessons and one to one targeted work. It became clear that Maddy was leaning towards vocational opportunities within the hair and beauty sector as a post 16 option. Maddy, herself, identified that this would be a great way of using excellent interpersonal and communication skills and focus on her creative strengths. We explored entry routes into the profession and looked at training and apprenticeships as well as Further Education and advantages for all these different options.

In addition, we also started to explore whether Maddy could gain some useful work experience in the Hair & Beauty sector before she left school. We are very fortunate at the Fermain Academy to have an outstanding Hair & Beauty Tutor, Debbi Baldwin, who has useful contacts in the industry and she managed to facilitate some work experience for Maddy @ Africa Hair & Beauty, in the heart of Macclesfield. After an initial visit to discuss placement issues and do the required risk assessments Maddy commenced her work placement in March during her year 11, in preparation for the reopening of salons after Covid lockdown. She attended the salon every Thursday and Friday instead of studying at school, initially deep cleaning the Salon and working on reopening promotions and taking bookings, more recently as a stylist’s apprentice.
The Manager there, Hayley was so pleased with Maddy’s contributions that she offered her additional part time work on Saturdays. As a school we are so proud of Maddy’s efforts and she has progressed so much that Hayley has agreed to take her on as an apprentice when she leaves school in June. Maddy will work at the Salon 4 days per week and complete her Level 2 VTCT Hair & Beauty qualification with Total People training in Macclesfield. Maddy has already achieved her Level 1 qualification in the same subject at the Fermain.
As well as highlighting the progress Maddy made during her year 11 this case study also highlights how work experience can often help students. As well as gaining a variety of life skills, work placements such as these often enhance student’s confidence and self - esteem as well as raising their aspirations and career goals. I continue to thank Hayley and other employers that provide these life changing opportunities for our young people. Maddy grasped this opportunity offered to her and has flourished. Great work Maddy!

 

Mia - Health & Social Care

Mia

Mia attended the Fermain Academy during year 10 and year 11. During her year 11 myself and Mia looked at ways we could enhance her career options through Career lessons and one to one targeted sessions. It became clear that Mia was leaning towards vocational opportunities within the care sector as a post 16 option. Mia herself identified that this would be a great way of her using her great interpersonal and communication skills and focus on her other strengths, Mia was always a popular student with both other students and staff and this felt like a suitable career pathway.
We then started to explore whether Mia could gain some useful work experience in the care sector before she left school. Mia had a family friend who worked at a local care home looking after and supporting elderly residents and through this contact I approached the Manager at the Care Home to see whether a work placement would be something they would consider. Fortunately, they agreed and after an initial visit to discuss placement issues and do the required risk assessments Mia commenced her work placement in January during her year 11. She attended the Care Home every Tuesday instead of studying at school. As an untrained student she was limited to what she could do initially and a lot of her time was spent cleaning and doing the most basic of care duties.
However, the staff there were so pleased with Mia’s contributions that they offered her additional part time work at Weekends. As a school we were so proud of her efforts throughout the Covid 19 Pandemic. Mia was a respected member of their staff team at this point and she continued to work part time to assist the team with their efforts at this time of need. She demonstrated maturity and dedication at a time when the Care Sector was being so badly affected by the health crisis. Mia continues to work at the Care Home and the employer has now accessed an apprenticeship for Mia who will work and train with them to enable her to achieve an NVQ in Health & Social Care.
As well as highlighting the progress Mia made during her year 11 this case study also highlights how work experience can often help students. As well as gaining a variety of life skills, work placements such as these often enhance student’s confidence and self - esteem as well as raising their aspirations and career goals.