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Shafique Ahmed

  • Hairdresser
  • Level 1 Hairdressing

Shafique began studying for an NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing at Hopwood Hall College in 2000 after improving his English skills on an ESOL course.

As Shafique had no formal qualifications, he had been working shifts in factories to earn a living until he met a hairdressing student who inspired him to brighten his future prospects and enrol at Hopwood Hall.

It was on the hairdressing course that Shafique took the first steps to realising his ambition of becoming a professional gentlemen’s barber, enjoying working in the college salon and also on various work experience placements.

Officially opening Scissor Hands, his Rochdale based barber’s shop in 2003, Shafique is now into his fifth year of business. He also teaches barbering to aspiring hairdressers at Hopwood Hall in the evenings on a voluntary basis.

Shafique said:

“Studying at college really changed my life. My tutors gave me the confidence to believe in myself and use my creativity to become the top of my trade. My children can see that I have made something of my life and I hope this will inspire them to take advantage of all the learning opportunities that come their way; as without qualifications you don’t have many options. My barber’s shop has recently undergone renovation and I’m looking forward to many more successful years ahead.”

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