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From 6th form to Salon

6th form isn’t for everyone

As 17-year-old Savannah Bentley will tell you, 6th form is not for everyone.  Following her GCSE’s Savannah returned to school to start a business course.  Savannah soon realised the course was not for her. Diagnosed with dyslexia it was important she was given the support she required. In addition, Savannah needed to be engaged on a course she enjoyed, a course that she felt would provide her with a valued career she would thrive in.

“Hairdressing was always something I loved”

Savannah had always loved fashion, hair and make up. And when her mum’s friend told her about the hairdressing courses available at Mode she was soon booked in for an interview with the recruitment team.  Following her initial assessment.  Savannah her mum and the team agreed a traineeship would be a perfect starting point for Savannah.  The traineeship would provide her with an introduction to hairdressing including shampooing, braiding and blow drying. She would have the opportunity to work on her confidence and attend a placement in a local salon.

Matrix was a perfect match

Finding a salon that meets the needs of a learner on placement is key to the success of every traineeship. Matrix in West Derby was a perfect match for Savannah. Not only could she travel to the salon. But the salon owner, Tatum Allmark, a former apprentice of Mode, is also dyslexic and had also gone from 6th form to salon.

Savannah soon settled in at Matrix.  Attending her placement 3 days per week and 1 day at Mode. During her time at Mode Savannah was refining her shampooing, blow drying and braiding skills. Her tutor was also supporting Savannah with her confidence and communication.

Her tutor Jennifer Fee said “During her traineeship, I watched Savannah grow in confidence week by week becoming more comfortable coming to college and taking part in sessions. Savannah has a natural ability to observe a demonstration and carry out instruction. Demonstrating her ability to develop technical skills and was able to produce a high standard of blow drying, multiple braiding techniques and put hair up to a good standard.”

Progressing to Professional Hairdressing level 2

Savannah grew in confidence and technical ability throughout her traineeship. So much so she has now progressed onto an apprenticeship in Matrix.  She is building on the skills she learned assisting apprentices at Mode.  Including booking appointments, applying root tints, and even starting foils. She has grown in confidence and has the technical ability to develop into an outstanding stylist.

Tatum Allmark said “ Savannah is a joy to have in the salon, she is always willing to learn new skills and has a fantastic positive attitude something you don’t always see in a young person.  I am thrilled I was in a position to employ her following the success of her traineeship. Being dyslexic myself I know the importance of receiving the right support to help you through your apprenticeship.”

What next?

Savannah added “I feel my confidence has grown since being at Mode and Matrix.  I have met with Emma and Michael managers at Mode and I am finally receiving support for my dyslexia.  One day I would love to own my own salon. I am determined to complete all my hairdressing qualifications and one day my dream will come true.”

If Savannah continues on her journey with the attitude and determination she has shown so far, we have no doubt one day like her employer Tatum she too will be employing Mode apprentices.

If you would like more information on traineeships or apprenticeships call Kate or Kelly on 0151 709 4640 or e mail