Apprentices complete their end point assessment in style

14th May 2020 10:27am - Return to press releases

Apprentices complete their end point assessment in style

Four East Riding College hairdressing and barbering apprentices are celebrating, having completed their end point assessment in style.  The four were all awarded distinctions by assessors for demonstrating the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of level two apprentices.  As well as assessing their creative, practical and technical skill, the trainees are also graded on their consultation skills, professionalism and speed.

Following the introduction of apprenticeship ‘standards’ to replace the older frameworks, employers and apprenticeship providers are becoming more and more familiar with preparing apprentices for end point assessments to ‘sign off’ their employees at the end of their qualifications.  The end point assessment is the final series of tests that apprentices take to ensure that they can do the job that they have been training for. 

Eighteen-year-old Max Nicholson from Brough completed his hairdressing apprenticeship with straight distinctions and is now employed by Rick Roberts salon in Beverley. He said, “If you want to study hairdressing, East Riding College is the perfect choice to get a strong qualification under your belt. The end point assessment has been designed to make newly qualified stylists prepared to instantly enter the industry, as it reflects a salon situation as much as possible. My tutors were very supportive of me, filling me with all the confidence and reassurance that I needed to pass the challenging final exam.”

Apprentice co-ordinator Tracey said, “Max would be an asset to any company, he is second to none for customer care and really listens to clients, as well as having his own style.  We wish him every success and hope to see him back for his level three.” 

Lydia Hillerby aged 19, from Brough is a level 2 barbering apprentice who started out her career as a hairdresser, before deciding that barbering was for her. She said, “A big thank you to all my tutors who helped me achieve my distinction grade.”

The College’s apprentice co-ordinator Tracey Stammers said “Lydia has gone from strength to strength and secured herself an excellent career at Legends and Rebels barbers in Driffield - having passed her level two barbering with straight distinctions across the qualification.  We’re so proud of her progress and achievements.”


Bridlington apprentice Jackson Cashmore aged 25, was another barbering apprentice who passed with flying colours.  He said, “The barbering course exceeded my expectations and delivered in every way - and so did the tutors, pushing me to do the best that I can and always there with a helping hand when stuck. I advise anyone who wants to become a barber to jump on the course.”

Tracey said, “Jackson has a unique approach to barbering, he has a very distinctive style and character, which we worked with and he got a very pleasing outcome, achieving his apprenticeship with a majority of distinction grades.  He now also has a promising career with Legends and Rebels, and I am sure this is just the beginning of a very successful career in barbering.”

Georgia Armstrong aged 19, from Cottingham also completed the level 2 hairdressing apprenticeship with distinctions across the board.  Tracey says, Georgia has grown into a self-motivated conscientious stylist with excellent customer care and professionalism. She is currently progressing on to the level three apprenticeship.” 

Georgia said, “I wouldn’t have been able to pass without the best tutors - Mel and Hayley. I enjoyed every minute of it, hard work does really pay off!”

Anyone interested in studying hairdressing or barbering or employing an apprentice in hairdressing or barbering should get in touch with Tracey Stammers: [email protected] or apply online at