09.04.19 mh Scarlet Knight VQ Awards 15

Former apprentices bringing through the next generation

Two former apprentices have forged a formidable husband and wife partnership that is bringing through a new generation of well-trained and qualified professionals at their successful hair and beauty business – Scarlet Knight.

Now Scarlet Knight has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards 2019.

Scarlet Knight puts each of its employees through apprenticeships and has gained an excellent reputation for providing high quality treatments supported by outstanding customer service for its clientele from Rhondda Cynon Taff and beyond.

The business’ efforts have been recognised as a finalist in the Employer of the Year category of this year’s VQ Awards, which are designed to reward individuals and organisations for their commitment, hard work and achievements.

Created by Charlotte and John Knight, the company has grown to 15 employees and places work-based training at the core of its business, providing six Level 2 and 3 NVQs covering the breadth of the industry.

“Since 2012, we have helped numerous individuals gain a career within the hair and beauty industry. Some of which have stayed with us in full time employment and others have had the confidence to go and start up their own business,” said Charlotte, who started her own vocational journey in 2007 by taking NVQ Level 3 Apprenticeships in Hairdressing and Management.

“The candidates who have stayed with us have progressed on to become team leaders and managers and still thrive today under our guidance and mentoring.”

John added: “To be shortlisted for this year’s VQ Awards means a lot to us and shows that our hard work and investment in vocational qualifications is well worth it to help our staff to continually improve their own careers.”

The company’s staff-focused approach has sculpted a team of passionate, dedicated and respectful employees who are encouraged to continue their training in order to progress their own career paths.

Ambitious plans for the future include developing a team member to become an on-site assessor to accelerate on-the-job progression, and a goal to opening their own dedicated training academy to support a larger number of apprentices.

Lisa Lee, internal quality auditor at ISA Training, has worked with Charlotte and John since they were apprentices and has supported Scarlet Knight on its journey since.

“I always knew that they had the right attitude and potential to have a successful business and most importantly to invest their time and money to train the next generation,” said Lisa.

Now in their 12th year, the VQ Awards celebrate those who use technical, practical and vocational qualifications to achieve success. A Vocational Qualification – VQ- award is a symbol of dedication towards your chosen profession. The awards help us to celebrate those Welsh learners, trainers and employers who are already going that extra mile when it comes to developing vocational skills and qualifications.

There are four award categories – VQ Learner of the Year – Intermediate, VQ Learner of the Year – Higher, VQ Trainer of the Year and VQ Employer of the Year – which encompass the spectrum of learning, training and employment.

Also shortlisted finalists in the Employer category, are Deloitte LLP and St Cyres School.

The winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the National Museum Cardiff on May 15. The ceremony coincides with VQ Day, which celebrates vocational achievement and the benefits of technical, practical and vocational learning to both the individual and the Welsh economy.

The awards are jointly organised by the Welsh Government, the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), ColegauCymru/CollegesWales, Qualifications Wales and the Education Workforce Council. The Welsh Government’s funding has support from the European Social Fund.

Picture caption: Charlotte Knight, owner of Scarlet Knight, with apprentices.

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