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Patrick Cameron awards Young Apprentice of the Year 2009

Posted: Tuesday 30 June 2009

Winner Ellie Quirke with Patrick CameronThe winner of the Habia Young Apprentice (YA) of the Year 2009 has been announced.

Ellie Quirke, from City of Bristol College, received her award from Patrick Cameron at an awards ceremony held at Hammersmith College, London on Tuesday 23 June 2009. The two joint runners up, Vanessa Johnson Harvey of Reflections Training Academy, Birmingham and Chelsea Watson of Rochdale Borough Partnership, also received trophies and prizes at the glitzy awards ceremony.

There were 28 entries for the competition from the Young Apprenticeship Partnerships. Twelve shortlisted entries then went on to be judged by Patrick Cameron, Fran Cox of L’Oreal Professionnel, Jane Goldsbro, Director of Standards and Qualifications at Habia and David Morgan of the Habia Skills Team.

The competition, supported by L’Oreal Professionnel and Wahl, allows Young Apprentices to demonstrate their new hairdressing skills by submitting images of their finished long hair look on a head block, along with a mood board and statement describing the look they have created and their inspiration. The finalists, who attended with family members and their training providers, dressed for the occasion in stunning evening wear. Entertainment for the event included inspirational hair shows from the Habia Hairdressing Skills Team’s Emma Moore and Ross Miller, as well as Patrick Cameron himself.

Patrick demonstrated two hair-up styles for the audience and gave an inspirational talk about his career in hairdressing. He also spoke of the success of the Young Apprenticeship programme which is designed to give bright and motivated 14-16 year olds the chance to learn about the industries they are interested in, gain work experience and develop vocational skills on top of their GCSEs.

Patrick Cameron said, ‘I have been wowed yet again by the standard of entries to this competition from individuals who are just 14 to 15 years old. It is fantastic that they have been able to realise they possess such potential in this field through this competition and the Young Apprenticeship programme.’

The winner, Ellie Quirke said, ‘It’s absolutely amazing to have won this award. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of meeting Patrick and watching his creative work and I’m really looking forward to Salon International where I’ll be working with the Habia Skills team.’

Ellie’s tutor Jo Tuckwell added, ‘The Young Apprentice course is for 14-16 year olds and is a great way for students to get an insight into working in the hairdressing industry before they leave school. I am so very proud of Ellie and her achievement.’

As part of their prize, Ellie, Vanessa and Chelsea will all appear on the Habia stage at Salon International in October 2009. The YA programme for hairdressing is currently entering its fourth year and involves learners across 42 training providers. For more information on the YA programe, click here.

For more pictures, including the 12 finalists entries, click here.

The runners-up are announced

Joint runner-up - Chelsea Watson
of Rochdale Borough Partnership
Joint runner-up -Vanessa Johnson Harvey
of Relections Training Academy, Birmingham

And the winner is...


Young Apprentice of the Year 2009 -
Ellie Quirke, City of Bristol College

L-R: Fran Cox (L'Oreal), Elaine White (Habia),
Ellie Quirke, Chelsea Watson, Patrick Cameron,
Vannessa Harvey Johnson and Erik Lander (Habia)

The 12 finalists with Patrick Cameron