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Golspie hair stylist reaches end of traineeship and says mentor is a cut above


By Caroline McMorran

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A newly qualified hair stylist has thanked the Golspie businesswoman who gave her the opportunity of training in her chosen career.

Rachel Miller was taken on two years ago as an apprentice hair stylist by Valerie Mackay, who runs Identity hair salon in Golspie.

Her training was a combination of on-the-job experience and day-release at college towards an NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing.

Rachel Miller (left) and Valerie Mackay at the awards.
Rachel Miller (left) and Valerie Mackay at the awards.

Rachel has now achieved her goal and in addition previously achieved an advanced qualification in Future Foundation Cutting at the nationally renowned Toni and Guy Academy.

Her commitment and dedication towards achieving a qualification was recognised last October when she was one of only three north apprentices to receive a Developing the Young Workforce Highland Award.

She was accompanied to the presentation ceremony in Wick by Valerie.

Rachel said: “I am absolutely delighted to say that I am now a fully qualified hairdresser. Two years of hard work really does pay of.”

“I cannot thank Valerie enough for all her amazing training and patience with me. Dreams really do pay off.”

Identity is shortly to move to alternative premises on the corner of Main Street and Fountain Road. Work has been ongoing to renovate the bottom floor of the Fraser’s building.

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