Apprentice case study

Rebecca Tomlinson, Michael Ford Salon

Rebecca Tomlinson, 19 from Whiston, is a Knowlsey Apprentice hairdresser at Michael Ford Salon in St. Helens. She is working towards her NVQ Level 2 qualification at St. Helens College and recently won a national hairdressing competition to be part of the Clynol 2015 Protégé Team.

Rebecca said “I am so glad I applied for the Knowsley Apprentice. I have always wanted a career in hairdressing and this has been a fantastic opportunity. Winning the competition has been amazing, I now have training from one of the country’s top stylists, plus a whole lot more and my employer has been really supportive.”

Rebecca’s employer Michael Ford said “I am so proud of Rebecca’s achievements, she is such a hard worker and an asset to our salon. Rebecca is excelling with her hairdressing techniques and I hope she continues to enter competitions and her success continues.”

Joe Kenny, St Laurence’s Catholic School

Joe Kenny has been an Apprentice Teaching Assistant at St Laurence’s Catholic School since November 2013. He won Employee of the Year at the Knowsley Business and Regeneration Awards 2014 after his employers nominated him. Joe has since been kept on by the school for a third year of his apprenticeship.

Joe said: “I really enjoy working with the children and I’m gaining more and more confidence and skills. I’ve been involved with additional activities like breakfast and after school clubs and taking the children to football matches. Knowsley Apprentice has given me such a good opportunity and I am so pleased that I will be at the school for another year to complete my qualifications.”

Paul Cronin, Head teacher at St Laurence’s Catholic School said; “Joe does everything we ask of him with a smile, he never complains; he works quietly and efficiently. Joe has a natural approach to encouraging the children that he works with and has shown such commitment to his role. Because of this, Joe will now be completing his third year with us to complete his NVQ Level 3 qualification.”