Programme Leader for Hairdressing and Barbering
Cassandra is a full-time programme leader for hairdressing and barbering with a passion for her subject that she is keen to pass on to her students. She wants to draw on her own knowledge and skills to support her students to be the best they can be and encourage them to achieve their lifelong goals and dreams.
Hairdressing and barbering
Qualifications and Accolades
• Levels 2 & 3 in Hairdressing and Barbering
• Level 4 Assessors
• Internal Verification
• Certificate of Education
I started off as a junior in a very busy non-appointment salon called Kiran Mullins within an Asda store. I completed my Level 2 Apprenticeship while working there, undertaking tasks ranging from cleaning U-bends to reception work.
I then moved to a town-centre salon called Zig Zag, where I completed my Level 3 Apprenticeship alongside creating hair looks for hair magazines and demonstrating hair styles at hairdressing conventions and for local TV.
Stylist roles at a busy Chorley salon called Headlines and Toni & Guy at Lancaster followed. After organising and creating a hair collection show I was promoted to top stylist. I then completed my Assessors qualification, which meant I could teach and assess trainees. I was then appointed Assistant Manager.
Shortly afterwards I was offered a management position at a neighbouring salon called Hair Zone. I took the role and continued to develop but missed the teaching and assessing I am so passionate about.
It was then I decided to become a work-based assessor at Blackpool and The Fylde College. Eleven years later and I am still here, teaching, learning and assessing as Programme Leader for Hairdressing and Barbering.
I have recently been to Spain to complete five days in industry, which was extremely exciting and challenging. I continually attend events and training to keep up-to-date with current trends and teaching methods, which I bring back to B&FC to make enhance my students’ learning experience.
I love working for Blackpool and The Fylde College, a Grade 1 college - it is continually changing with the times.
I facilitate thinking
I engage minds
I listen to questions
I encourage risk
I support struggle
I cultivate dreams
I learn every day