New mum Kyan Wyatt has a second reason to celebrate after being chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle Apprenticeship Awards.
Miss Wyatt, an apprentice with Bath College, is studying for an advanced apprenticeship in hairdressing at The Courtyard Salon in Chippenham.
She gave birth to her daughter Cherylynn three months ago and was delighted to receive news of her nomination for the final while on maternity leave.
Miss Wyatt, 19, from Chippenham, said: “I love doing hair. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a little girl, and when I started doing the apprenticeship I fell in love with it even more.
“With an apprenticeship you get the whole package, you’re working and studying at the same time. Two months into my training I took over colouring, cutting and hairstyling. That’s been a good challenge, I was thrown in the deep end which I enjoyed.
“It was a shock to be nominated for the awards, especially as I was on maternity leave, so I’m really happy to be chosen as a finalist. It makes me feel like an important part of the business.”
Miss Wyatt started her hairdressing career by studying for a Level 1 apprenticeship while she was still at school, and quickly progressed to study on a Level 2 course.
She plans to finish her Level 3 qualification in the summer, fitting her time around caring for her daughter and looking after customers at the salon.
Miss Wyatt said: “The salon is really flexible, you can do the hours which suit your baby’s needs.
“Even though I’m on maternity, I worked right up until my due date and I’m already back at college. I’m determined to get my qualification and I want to give my little girl something, I want her to think of me as a role model.
“The best thing about being a hairdresser is having the chance to make people feel better about themselves. I love talking to the clients and I love doing wedding hair – it’s nice making someone feel special.
“My job can be challenging at times, but I know I always have the support of people at Bath College, my assessor, tutor and peers, who are willing to help me and teach me the correct way to do things.
“My dream for the future is to open up my own salon and take on apprentices myself. I have been through it and I know it’s a really good opportunity.”
At The Courtyard Salon, Miss Wyatt runs a general hairdressing column, taking responsibility for her own clients and also providing support to the salon’s newest apprentice.
She has been nominated for the Outstanding Service Industries Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Mercedes Benz Bristol.
Manager Sam Jones said: “I have worked with Kyna over the last two years and have witnessed her excellent rapport with her work colleagues and the outstanding work she does at Bath College.
“I have no doubt Kyna will go on to a fulfilling hairdressing career, and eventually achieve her dream of opening up her own business in the future”.
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