Lance's Dudley students are a cut above

Dudley College students were given a hairdressing masterclass from successful former apprentice, Lance Miller, who took time out from his salon job to demonstrate advanced techniques to current students.

This week was the start of National Apprenticeship Week and Dudley College is pointing to the workplace successes of former students to encourage more people and employers to take a look at apprenticeships.

Lance Miller, 20, works at Rio Hair Studio in Dudley. He gained his Level II qualification in hairdressing from Dudley College two years ago and gave up a morning to show his skills to current Level I, II and III students.
The masterclass was part of an 'industry week' of activities organised by Rose-Marie Jones of the hair and beauty department, linking students to the sector in which they want to work.

Lance said: "It was very different being back at Dudley College to show the students what I can do. It was a good experience for me and I hope useful and enjoyable for the students."

"Hopefully, seeing former students in the industry the young people want to be in is inspirational for them. I had a great time at Dudley College when I was a student - the tutors are all very nice. And I love my job."
The learning bug is obviously still with Lance - he has just signed up to study for the Level III qualification in evening classes at Dudley College.

Carol Burgess, Skills Hub co-ordinator at Dudley College, said: "Many students are asking themselves 'where can I go and what can I do after studying?' and former students in industry show them.

"Such visits are an incentive to students who can see where hard work can take them and what they can achieve. It is also nice for the College to see how former students have progressed and matured in their new careers."

Dudley College activities during National Apprenticeship Week include a week of skills competitions which see apprentices from five local colleges pit their skills against each other. The competition Dudley College are leading on is for engineering apprentices and tasks them with producing CAD drawings and specifications over a 3 hour period which they will be judged on.