Amyleigh Wye is learning her trade in the barbering business, while working at three Telford salons.
The 20-year-old, from Dawley, has been spending four days a week working at Chop Shop and one day on a barbering level two course at Telford College’s Haybridge campus. Chop Shop opened its first branch in Wellington just over three years ago and now also has bases in Madeley and Telford Town Centre – Amyleigh has been working at all three.
Amyleigh says she has been loving the chance to meet such a wide range of customers, including Charles Bonser who was rewarded for his bravery when he saved a child from a dog attack in 2013.
The barbering level two course is aimed at people wishing to work in the barbering industry who have no previous experience of hairdressing. Units studied will include cutting, styling, shampooing, cutting facial hair, colouring hair and health and safety.
“Barbering is a fantastic career to get into. I spend four days a week at Chop Shop and one day a week at college. It means that at college I learn all of the technical parts of barbering and at work I get to put it all into practice.”
The one-year course runs at the college’s training salon, The Retreat, over one day a week at the Haybridge campus, including one evening session.
Tutor Kerrie Treharne said: “It’s vital to give student real work experience, so they can put their studies into practice in realistic surroundings.
“We’re delighted with Amyleigh’s progress, and it’s great to see the way she has fitted into the Chop Shop team and developed such a great rapport with customers.”