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Clayton Heights hairdresser up for national honour
9:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A Bradford hairdresser has been nominated for a prestigious national City & Guilds award for her role in championing the importance of apprenticeships.
Helen Roe, of the Exceed Training Academy and Salon in Clayton Heights, will compete against nine other finalists from across the country for the coveted title of Apprenticeship Champion of the Year.
She has already won the Yorkshire and Humberside regional award for her achievements in founding her training academy and teaching at Bradford College.
Chris Jones, chief operating officer and director general of City & Guilds, said: “Apprenticeships offer people the chance to earn as they learn, whilst gaining the valuable skills they need to progress in their careers. Helen has had enormous success and is certainly an inspiration to others. We wish her the best of luck in the competition.”
Mrs Roe, 42, completed her own apprenticeship in hairdressing 22 years ago, and feels the experience gave her a good work ethic and drive to develop her career.
“Apprenticeships are a great way into any service industry because people gain practical employability skills,” she said. “For hairdressing, it is the perfect way to learn as you gain salon experience and learn how to be part of a team.”
The Exceed Academy, which works with 40 apprentices and 27 partner salons across the Bradford district, is now in its fourth year. Mrs Roe has mentored more than 150 students in that time, as well as continuing to teach part-time at college.
After finishing her apprenticeship, Mrs Roe achieved a BTEC and HND in beauty therapy, before gaining a teaching degree from Huddersfield University. She runs two successful businesses, and is happy to be seen as a role model and advocate of the apprenticeship system.
She said: “I struggled at school, especially at English, and didn’t think any academic route would suit me. But doing an apprenticeship showed if you’re willing to work, knuckle down and use your brain, you can achieve whatever you want.”
The award will be decided by a public vote running until October 11, at which point the top three national finalists will be determined. Voting will then re-open from October 14 to 18, with the winner crowned at the National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony on November 14 at the Skills Show in Birmingham.
To vote for Mrs Roe, visit surveymonkey.com/s/ApprenticeshipChampionVote2013.