Cutting edge technology for Yorkshire’s hairdressing apprentices

Yorkshire’s largest independent hairdressing training provider is making sure its apprentices are a cut above the rest by offering them subsidised iPads to help with their studies.

Dimensions Training Solutions is offering an iPad or iPad mini to apprentices for a small fee during their training – and once they have completed their studies, they can keep the iPad or iPad mini.

Dimensions has been trialling an online electronic portfolio (e-portfolio) which means apprentices don’t need to create and carry round a huge amount of paperwork for their studies.

It also means apprentices who enrol with Dimensions have access to the latest technology.

For a small monthly donation for the iPad or iPad mini, apprentices can complete their e-portfolio, carry out research, follow a study programme called U2Learn which has been specially designed for hairdressing students and share their work through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Bill Shaw, chairman of Dimensions Training Solutions, said:

“The subsidised iPad or iPad mini are for apprentices’ exclusive use, to take home or to the salon for studying there.

“They can use them to photograph their work and upload it to their e-portfolio, watch cutting and styling videos, access e-mails or download helpful apps.

“And the best bit is that when they complete their apprenticeship, they can keep the iPad as our way of saying congratulations and well done.”

Dimensions, which is Yorkshire’s largest independent hairdressing training provider, is investing in the iPads as part of its Learn Anywhere programme to help its apprentices study any time and anywhere.

Bill said the e-portfolio and new software are all part of Dimensions’ new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which will revolutionise the way students learn the theoretic aspects of hairdressing.

 He added:

“For 20 years we’ve been completely committed to ‘work-based learning’ in hairdressing and we partner over 200 salons to deliver this.

“We’ve always believed that the best way for an apprentice to learn the practical skills needed to become a great stylist is in the salon on real clients.

“As pioneers in the hairdressing training world, we are always on the lookout for developments that will move hairdressing training forward using the latest innovations and technology.

“These exciting developments will offer a major benefit to both apprentices and salon owners as it will change the dynamics of how learning will take place.

“Apprentices will no longer need to attend an academy or college each week as the research, completion of portfolios and studying can all be done in their own time, at their own pace and in a place that suits them.

“Salon owners have been telling us that this is what they’ve wanted for a long time – we’ve listened! We anticipate that this development will create many more apprenticeships in salons for those choosing hairdressing as a career.”

Dimensions NVQ Level 2 apprentices Abigail Dorricott tries out Dimensions’ e-learning programme

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