Hope you don't mind me posting here on behalf of my 17yr old daughter. She is sitting her GCSE's in May/June and has chosen to follow a career in hairdressing. She has had some work experience which went well and has applied to our local college to do their NVQ level 2. We are also planning to attend their open day next week. However, she has also spoken to the manager and a couple of hairdressing apprentices at a busy local salon who train their students through the salon. They sign a three year contract and qualify in NVQ level 2 after 2 years as well as getting paid at the same time. Their idea is that their students are better equipped at salon level than students graduating from college. Can anybody advise please?