From Hairdressing Apprentice to Salon Trainer and Saks Art Team Member

Jess Hesp at Saks Barnard Castle is an inspiring role model for the apprentices in her salon.

Jess started out her illustrious career as a Saturday Girl at Saks in Barnard Castle and becoming a hairdresser wasn’t even in her thinking, but after a couple of weeks taking in the vibe, experiencing the atmosphere, and seeing the quality and level of training the salons apprentices were getting her mind was changed.

"it was a very easy decision to make, and I knew then that I wanted this to be my career!"

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Starting off with Kleek Apprenticeships was a nervous step for Jess to take, but her colleagues at the salon and the educators from Kleek Apprenticeships always made her feel at ease and helped to build her confidence in what she was doing. This fantastic learning experience, which Jess initially saw from the side-lines, which in turn convinced her to start her journey in the hairdressing industry helping her develop into a fantastic stylist, has now inspired her so much she has turned her skills to educating the next generation of hairdressers at Saks Barnard Castle.

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Jess believes that without the amazing support from Kleek Apprenticeships she wouldn’t be where she is now.

"Even when I felt like I was getting nowhere I was supported by the team"

The experienced educators from Kleek Apprenticeships, supported by the talented team at her salon helped to build Jess’ confidence as well as develop her skills and she hopes that this experience will help her to make the apprentices under her wing to feel as good with their work and themselves as she did at the time.

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Jess is continually looking to the future and at ways to develop the team at Saks Barnard Castle, with the aim of continuing the tradition of the salon of…

"Giving great training, education and experience to every new apprentice that comes through our door."

…and Jess feels confident about being able to help the next generation learn to be hairdressers because of the great support from the team at Kleek Apprenticeships. This support also helped Jess throughout her journey.

"Whether that’s doing my training or giving it. The team have always been there to talk to pretty much any day and any time, and I think that is great, especially for us worriers whose minds don’t stop thinking about what assessment is coming up or what they need to be doing next."

If you are looking for a doorway into the exciting and rewarding hair and beauty industry, even if, like Jess, you aren’t completely confident, but you are dedicated, ready to learn and want to be part of an amazing team Saks Barnard Castle could be the salon for you.

They currently have opportunities to start on the journey towards a Hairdressing Apprenticeship and you will be trained by the fabulous Jess and her team with outstanding support from team at Saks Apprenticeships and for those wanting to learn to be a hairdresser Jess has some amazing tips.

"My advice would be to enjoy it, hairdressing is an art, some of it is tough and some things might take you more time to understand than others, but that’s ok everyone is different. Have faith in yourself and take every opportunity that is given to you!"

So, start today and make the first opportunity you take be one of the fantastic vacancies available right now at Kleek Apprenticeships.

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