Eighteen year old Finlay MacKay from Bearsden talks about his Modern Apprenticeship at West College Scotland.

‘I was fed up with school and a local salon, Harrisons Hair & Beauty were looking for a Saturday job as a fulltime junior, with the opportunity to train to be a hairdresser.’

Finlay started the course in January 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. He said, ‘I was excited about coming to college. I’ve met some great people and made good friends. I learned lots at college which I took back to the salon and vice versa.'

Finlay who has dyslexia, wasn’t fazed with the practical elements of the course, but when it came to the theory aspects had some concerns.

He said, ‘I struggled with some theory work but I kept my head down and I was very grateful for the help I got from the lecturers.

I loved the practical elements of the course and I feel it really enhanced my skills at the salon. So much so, that I was given my own column.

Debbie Tierney, Hairdressing lecturer at the College said, ‘Finlay has studied extremely hard and often him and his classmates worked through lunch to make sure they were on top of everything. He was fantastic at bringing in clients and really listened to make sure he was fulfilling his hairdressing course requirements. He did excellent work at his practical assessments, so much so that I called Finlay’s boss to tell him.’

When we asked Finlay if he enjoyed his Modern Apprenticeship his answer was simple.

He said, ‘ My Modern Apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to meet lots of nice people and apply the skills I learned in the workplace. Working at the salon I was able to become more confident and I was able to hone and perfect what I’d learned in college.’