Saks apprentice is first to complete new end-point assessment with distinction grade!


May Humble, aged 22 from Stockton-on-Tees, is the first apprentice to take the new end-point assessment with Saks Apprenticeships, and she smashed it qualifying with a distinction! The Saks Apprenticeships team couldn’t be prouder of May and her amazing achievement.


The new standards for apprenticeships include a practical test, known as an end-point assessment. This is carried out by an independent end-point assessor to ensure apprentices are meeting the required standards and they are job ready.


May has been completing her Hairdressing apprenticeship with Saks Apprenticeships while working for Saks Hair in Yarm. Salon Supervisor, Lucy Hammond shares: “Everyone at Saks Yarm is extremely proud of May, not only for being the first apprentice to complete the end-point assessment but for putting in all the hard work to prepare herself and ultimately gain a distinction mark. We're lucky that all our apprentices have a great platform with regards to education. We have a strong support network through Saks' Head Office. May's Educator, Emma, has been amazing and we as a salon and May couldn't have done it without her.”


May Humble shares: “I’d like to start off by saying a massive thank-you to my Educator, Emma Simpson, from Saks Apprenticeships. She’s been fantastic throughout my apprenticeship helping me every step of the way! And of course, I can’t thank my team at Saks Yarm enough for always supporting me. I've thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship with Saks Apprenticeships and I wouldn't change anything about my experience! The best part about my apprenticeship has been learning in a busy salon environment. It really helps to prepare me for my future in the hairdressing industry. I’ve learned new skills I never knew I had! Working with everyone at Saks Yarm has been so much fun. Being part of the Saks Family is really special to me.


"I can’t put into words how I felt when I received my end-point assessment grade. When I saw the distinction grade I was so happy as it meant I could now progress onto my Advanced Apprenticeship with Saks Apprenticeships. My overall goal is to build on my knowledge and skills as much as possible by attending the extra courses Saks Apprenticeships offer. Hopefully, I will have a salon or mobile hairdressing business of my own one day!”


The Saks Apprenticeship team looks forward to May progressing on to her Advanced Saks apprenticeship!


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