Search for youth who can deliver a cut above

An Aberdeen salon is looking for a talented youngster who can cut it as a stylist after signing up for the Press and Journal’s Apprentice 100 campaign.

Hatstand Nelly, which doubles as a juice and coffee bar, has six trainees on its books and will now take on one more as part of our quest to give young people a start in their careers.

It is the fourth Granite City salon to have backed Apprentice 100.

The successful candidate will earn their stripes with an SVQ Level 2 in hairdressing, with training provided in-house.

Salon co-ordinator Denise Arkley said Hatstand Nelly’s stylists relish working with clients who like to tinker with their look.

“Consultation is important,” she said. “We want to make sure clients are given all the options to get the best out of their hair.”

She also said people should dump the perception that hairdressing is a job to fall back on for those who lack qualifications.

Ms Arkley said: “The training is intensive, but the rewards are great – the industry is endlessly changing and developing; fashions and trends come and go.

“And how many of us can say we get to spend our careers making people look and feel great about themselves?

“Our apprentices are the backbone of Hatstand Nelly, supporting the stylists while continually learning and helping to make our clients’ overall experience more enjoyable.”

Apprentice Megan Taylor said getting the chance to show some flair through her work is one of the best things about the job.

Megan Taylor

Ms Taylor, 21, started working at the salon in 2011 and is close to finishing her level-three qualification. She said: “I like to see a smile on someone’s face when I’m finished and to know I helped create that.

“I enjoy every aspect of the job – they’re all so different in their own way.”

Apply to become an apprentice stylist at Hatstand Nelly by sending a CV to

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