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Sharon Dempsey says that she wants her Waltham Abbey salon and training centre to benefit the entire community
Young people in the district are being offered the chance to kick-start their career with help from a new business.
Next week will see the official opening of the Dare Salon and Academy in Market Square, Waltham Abbey.
The specialist Afro-Caribbean hairdressers will offer apprenticeships to young people looking to be hairdressers.
Owner Sharon Dempsey, who has 20 year experience in the trade, says it is important to her to give learners an opportunity.
She said: “I want to give young people the chance to learn in a practical working environment. School and college is not for everyone.
“It is a salon and an academy. I’m not just taking from the community I want to give back and help young people to get started with their career.”
“It is so important for salons to consider taking on apprentices, they can add so much to your business. Once you give someone training they tend to be loyal.”
Apprentices at the Dare salon can train for NVQ levels two and three, as well as gaining practical experience.
According to Mrs Dempsey many salons are struggling to take on students in the current financial climate, so the 35-year-old says that she is keen to help as many as possible.
She added: “I am working with Job Centre Plus and Connexions. I have five apprentices at the moment.
“I would encourage all other salons to give someone the chance that they need.”
The mayor of Waltham Abbey and a celebrity barber will officially open the salon on September 26.
To find out more, visit http://www.dare-salon.com/.
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