Steph, who studied beauty therapy at Highbury, recently launched Cosham’s newest salon, Serenity Beauty Room.
Steph said: “I didn’t have a clue that I could pay for my course with an Advanced Learner Loan until the staff at Highbury told me about it. At the time, I was a single mum and there was no way I could have afforded the course on my own.”
Advanced Learner Loans are similar to university loans and are available to students aged 19 or above, studying a Level 3 or Level 4 qualification. The loan covers the upfront cost of the qualification and students are not required to make repayments until earning more than £25,000 per year.
Steph went on to graduate in 2015, receiving a Contribution to College Life Award at the College’s Celebration of Achievement event.
She added: “I know how hard it is for young people to work in an industry which can seem quite intimidating. Even though I was older, I was still nervous when I walked into my first salon. That’s why I am delighted to be inviting Highbury students to gain work experience, here at Serenity Beauty. It’s a really fun job and I love making people feel pretty every day. It’s a really great career because there are so many different avenues you can go down and I want to help young people realise their potential.”
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