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Mikaela began her NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing straight from school, attending a local college with day release to a local salon.  Once she successfully completed her Level 2, she was employed as a full time stylist at a salon in Winchester.  “I had always wanted to do hairdressing, it appealed to me that I could do a job where someone can instantly feel good about themselves by changing their look. It's a really rewarding job.”

Whilst working at the salon, apprenticeship provider Paragon Skills approached Mikaela offering her help and support in finding a work placement to enable her to study for her Level 3 in Hairdressing. She moved to Warsash in Hampshire to work for Bianca Chandler at Serenity Hair and Spa where she completed her qualification in September 2016.

Since graduating, Mikaela now aged 28 and promoted to the Salon Manager, has topped up her qualifications with a Hair Extension certificate and is attending a master colour degree in Germany next year.  In addition to this she has been chosen to represent the salon at the Paris Beauty Awards!  Her ambition is to train to teach hairdressing in 2 to 3 years’ time.

Bianca Chandler the Salon Director at Serenity Hair and Spa said: “Mikaela is a very valued member of my Serenity team. She has become our Salon Manager and will be training our apprentices in the future. Mikaela isn’t only a hard working member of our team, she has a great wealth of knowledge of colour and will be completing a colour master degree next year in Germany. Our future apprentices will learn a great deal from Mikaela in terms of technique and work ethic”

“The Paragon Skills apprenticeship was fantastic and it really encouraged me to think outside the box as well as helping me with my key skills in maths and English. They were so helpful and I had an amazing assessor who I couldn’t have been without”.

MIKAELA LUFF

SERENITY HAIR AND SPA

To find out more about how you can gain Hairdressing qualifications at Paragon Skills visit our site here or call 0800 783 2545.

“Not only do I have a new passion for the industry, but I have realised my dream of opening up my own salon. I would fully recommend Apprenticeships – you get to learn and experience what is like first-hand to work in a salon, gain qualifications and confidence.”

DAN-JAY-ALLARTON

DAN-JAY'S SALON

Why Choose Paragon?


20 % of our learners progress onto the next level qualification
1500 The number of employers we work with in England
89 % of employers say apprentices make their business more productive