As our NVQ students approach the latter part of the education with us we move them on to our Graduate salon program. £20 …
My name is Sally and I have been hairdressing since 1985.
Even after all this time I am still passionate about my job and am constantly striving to improve and update my skills. Over the years I have attended many different courses within the industry, including the Paul Mitchell cutting system master class in July 2013, Paul Mitchell Intelligent Style look and learn the lesson, the 5 Step Plus, which is a customer service based course later on in the year.
I am originally from South East London which is where I began my hairdressing career. After qualifying as a stylist I took a couple of years out to travel living in both Oslo and Toronto which was an amazing experience. On my return to London in 1993 I was excited to resume my hairdressing career and started work at Shobiz Hair and Beauty which was considered the Premier Salon in South East London. Whilst there I worked my way up from designer to salon consultant and it was here that my passion for teaching and education grew.
In May 2006 I relocated to Eastbourne with my 3 children and joined Topknots in Sovereign Harbour. I worked here for 3 years then in January 2010 I was given the exciting opportunity to join The Grove Experience as an educator and Master Associate. Since joining I have achieved my A1 qualification which allows me to assess our NVQ candidates within the salon. I have also completed a preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector diploma at Sussex Downs College which has helped me to plan and deliver lessons of a higher quality to our NVQ students. My goal for the future is to expand the training and become a teaching academy, offering courses on all aspects of hairdressing at all levels.
I feel privileged to work in a fantastic salon with such a fun, creative team and I thank Gary and Giovanna for giving me the opportunity to realise my dream.
I am the head of education at the Experience Education Academy, where I oversee the general running of the academy the other educators and all dealings with are training partners and Cheynes education.
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Hi, I’m Erin.
I joined the Grove Experience team in January 2012 after completing my NVQ level two hairdressing Qualification at Lewes college.
I wanted to gain more experience in a salon and complete my NVQ level three qualification.
I graduated in March 2013 after completing my Grove Experience In-house training program and then completed my NVQ level 3 qualification in March 2014.
Since working at the Grove Experience I have been on Seven Paul Mitchell workshops where I have learnt different techniques in Cutting, Colouring and styling. Cutting is the area of hairdressing that I enjoy the most.
I also had the opportunity to be a model for Paul Mitchell at Salon International, which is a trade show for hairdressers in London. And was very excited to have Stephanie Kocielski Color my hair. She is a world Famous hairdresser at the top of the hairdressing industry. My hair was then cut by Gary Young Who owns the Grove Experience and works as a Paul Mitchell Platform artist at these events.
In 2018 I completed my teaching qualification and now work in the Experience Education Academy, educating the academy students in all aspects of hairdressing, teaching has become a great passion of mine and I love to pass skills on to the next generation.
I have recently moved into my own home in Eastbourne and now live a short walk from the salon.
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Love the Hair & beauty industry? Interested in trends and fashion?
Want to know what its really like to work in a salon without committing to a college course?
The Future Experience Group – ‘The Cutting Club’ at The Grove Experience hairdressers in Grove Road in Eastbourne could well be your answer.
The Future Experience
The Future Experience is an after school club for 14 – 15 year olds who while still at school would like to develop some hairdressing experience. The club runs on a Tuesday between 4pm – 6pm and is open to anyone over the age of 14
(application forms are available from the salon or can be downloaded from our website).
The aim of the club which is free to join and free to attend, is to give year 11 pupils a taste of what the hair & beauty industry is about without having to commit to a full time job or college course.
The club run by Sophie Lilley at the Grove Experience salon covers all aspects of hairdressing, members will get to experience some cutting, perming, colouring, styling, hair-up, smoothing, extensions all at a basic intro level. This allows them to make informed decisions about their future careers while still at school.
The club starts out covering the basic skills working on each other then on to head blocks and then later bringing in models to work on.
For anyone who completes the full programme and stays up to finishing school, they would have a good ground knowledge of hairdressing, which would give them a great head start if they then choose hairdressing as a career. If they chose to apply to join our full time education NVQ level 2 programme they would be given first option on future positions within the company putting them at the front of the queue.
As a company we do not employ anyone out of college and we are not alone in this so this club gives any potential job applicant at any salon a great advantage when applying for what are now limited salon positions.
The Next intake for the Future Experience is September, applications are being taken now. Send your application in to the salon or pop in to see Sophie.
The Grove Experience
64 Grove Road