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MP visits former Ӱɶ barbering apprentice

16 April 2024

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Chris Green MP recently visited an exceptional former Ӱɶ apprentice, now an entrepreneur with his own thriving business where he mentors his own apprentice.

Chris was joined by Jennifer Walker, Ӱɶ’s Head of Apprenticeships & Business Development, after hearing about Corey Dickinson’s evolution from Ӱɶ apprentice to barbershop owner in just three years.

Corey, 21, is now the owner of , a highly-successful Westhoughton barbershop with nearly 400 five-star reviews on fresha, a leading platform for hair and beauty.

Corey shared his journey and said: “I preferred practical tasks at school so, after discovering a love of barbering, I became an apprentice at 16.

“At 18 I became shop manager then at 19, I bought out my boss and rebranded the barbershop to Tonsor Male Grooming; I now employ a Ӱɶ apprentice because I want to create opportunities for those who, like me, have a passion and drive to do well; it's important for me to give back and mentor young people who were once in my shoes, ensuring that they have the chance to achieve their dreams, regardless of their background or starting point.

“Not everyone thrives at school but given the right environment, anyone can become successful and achieve qualifications.”

Business is thriving for Corey; early last year, he recently expanded his services with the addition of an aesthetics studio. TMG Cosmetics offers aesthetics treatments for both men and women, as well as facials, vitamin injections and more, and is run by Corey’s mother, Jo Ronaldson, who embraced the opportunity to join her son’s business.

Chris Green, MP for Ӱɶ West & Atherton, said: “It's truly inspiring to witness the success stories of individuals like Corey, who have not only excelled in their chosen field but also contribute to the local community by providing opportunities for others.

“Corey's journey highlights the importance of apprenticeships and vocational training in shaping successful careers and businesses.”

Ӱɶ, which is part of the University of Ӱɶ Group, works with over 600 leading employers across the North West, supplying apprentices for a variety of sectors, including construction, education and financial services.

Jennifer Walker added: “Corey's progression from apprentice to barbershop owner in just three years is a testament to his dedication and hard work.

“His commitment to providing opportunities for other young people through apprenticeships reflects the values we strive to instil in our students at Ӱɶ.

“Corey is a shining example of the positive impact vocational training can have on individuals and communities.”

To learn more about Apprenticeships at Ӱɶ, click here.