A hairdressing student from Kensington and Chelsea College is now helping style the celebrity A-list after completing his course and landing a dream job.
Arturo Ruiz, 29, worked as a professional Interior Designer but decided to swap career and pursue his real passion for hairdressing.
Since completing his NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing at the college’s industry recognised training salon Arturo has secured a highly sought after position as a Junior Assistant Stylist at Harrods Salon in Knightsbridge.
‘I wanted to be a stylist because I love meeting people, changing people’s opinions about their looks and being creative. Being a stylist has always been a dream of mine so I decided to give-up interior design and pursue what I really wanted to do in life. ‘
‘The skills I’ve learnt through my course are what I rely on for my job at Harrods. I think it’s really important to gain your knowledge and skills at a college like KCC that supports its students to not only do well on the course but to also ensure they go on to get jobs and have the skills that employers are looking for. ‘
‘It’s the staff at the college that really sets it apart from other colleges. They really know what they are talking about and have close links to the industry.’
Speaking about his role as Junior Assistant stylist at Harrods Arturo added:
‘It’s a very demanding role, and you have to be 100% professional all the time. The stylists work to an incredibly high-standard and there are always famous clients coming in. ‘
‘Everyone is really high-profile and you don’t want to get things wrong so there is a lot of pressure and stress, but I completely enjoy it and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. It’s the start of my career thanks to the skills I’ve gained at KCC.’
The college’s thriving Hair and Beauty Department runs a modern and fully functioning salon at the college’s Kensington Centre. The salon acts as a professional training base producing some of the most creative and skilled hair and beauty talent in the industry.
Trainee stylists and budding beauticians get to perfect their skills on paying clients, all under the guidance of expert hair and beauty tutors, many of whom are still working in the industry. The department’s strong links with local salons has also helped many students secure jobs, often before graduating.
Date published: 19 September 2013