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Apprentice puts on winning style.

Byline: By Steven Oliver

A teenager has celebrated a double success after being named best Foundation Modern Apprentice of the year by her college and winning a regional hairdressing competition for her creative male hair design.

Clare Weightman, 18, of Hebburn, won the Gents' Avant Garde Hairdressing Competition, in Scarborough and is now working as a junior stylist at Cream Salon, in South Shields.

Leaving St Joseph's School with healthy GCSE results, Clare enrolled on a Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in hairdressing with South Tyneside College, funded by the Learning and Skills Council Tyne Wear. Having completed the course in June, Clare is now enjoying her new role at Cream Salon and is responsible for arranging bookings, administering cuts, re-styles and dyes.

"Since the age of seven I have always dreamed of becoming a hairdresser," said Clare, "The Modern Apprenticeship programme has given me the opportunity to get hands on experience rather than being taught everything within a classroom environment.

"Working at Cream has allowed me to build up a relationship with our regular customers and practice the skills I have been taught on a regular basis. It has been a bonus to earn a wage whilst learning new skills."

Clare's commitment and dedication has resulted in her becoming a highly valued member of staff at Cream and a favourite with the customers. Her manager, Karen Wells, has been impressed with Clare's progress.

She said: "Although Clare has only been with us for a short while, she has improved a great deal and is very good with the customers.

"As a former college lecturer I can see the benefits of bringing students into the workplace as they tend to learn more through real experience as well as sitting in lectures at college.

"The Modern Apprenticeship programme offers students the best of both worlds, providing them with the relevant training combined with the experience of working within a busy environment related to their area of study."

To find out more about how a Modern Apprenticeship could help you climb onto the career ladder why not call 0800 150 6000 or visit www.realworkrealpay.info
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 28, 2003
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