A YOUNG hairdresser is hoping to blow away the competition at an awards ceremony this week.
Shannon Saville, who works at Stone Hair Art in Todmorden, has been nominated in the young apprentice of the year category at the 2012 VQ Awards at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax.
The ceremony is held on VQ Day, a national celebration of vocational qualifications for students, teachers and employers.
Shannon said: “It’s exciting.
“It’s built my confidence up. If I win it, I will be even happier.
“I’m up against four other students, so we’ll see how it goes.
“I’ll have all my friends and family there to support me.
“I might treat myself to a new dress.”
Shannon, a student at Calderdale College, was nominated by hairdressing training officer Rebecca Armitage.
Rebecca said: “When Shannon first started college she found life difficult and certain things challenging.
“In March she had the opportunity to work for a prestigious hair salon in Todmorden.
“Within weeks her confidence level dramatically improved. When she came to college, she had a beaming smile and her work ethic totally changed.
“On visiting the salon, her tutor was amazed at the level of work she was turning out in such a short space of time.
“The level of commitment and enthusiasm seen in Shannon has been noticed not only by the tutors and her bosses but people in the salon have also commented on how motivated and happy she has been.”
Trevor Harding, of Stone Hair Art, said: “We are very pleased.
“We hope she gets it.”