Andis has announced the two winners of its Barber Connect competition.
Charlotte Clark and Martin Kuspal will now embark on a career-changing learning experience with the company.
After sifting through hundreds of entries, judges determined that Charlotte, from Hampshire, and Martin, from Leicester, demonstrated the passion, enthusiasm and desire to reach the pinnacle of their career, as well as exhibiting a determination to become qualified.
“At Andis, we believe proper education is the key to success,” said Bruce Bock, senior manager of communications for Andis. “We are proud to support aspiring barbers like Martin and Charlotte who share our passion for men’s grooming and learning. We’re excited to help them take their skills to the next level.”
As someone volunteering her time to give free haircuts to disabled adults and working in a salon as she embarks on life as a new mum, Charlotte (pictured below) expressed determination to qualify and one day own her own salon.
After saving for three years to pay for training, she is naturally excited about her success: “I’m so overwhelmed and can’t wait. Barbering is where my heart is at and I’m determined to get to the top. This is an incredible opportunity for me and I’ll give it 100%.”
With a similar approach to helping others, moving to the UK after tough times and dedicating his time and energy to his barbering career, Martin also stood out to the judges. “When I found barbering, I found myself,” he said. “It was the only thing that made sense and it has transformed my life. Now, this amazing opportunity will help me reach a new level so I can excel in the salon and continue to help homeless people feel and look better.”
With arrangements in place to start their training with highly-respected barber and educator Mike Taylor, he was keen to express his delight too. “I think we’ve uncovered two rising stars and I’m so proud to be a key part of their journey to qualification and success,” said Mike.
Martin and Charlotte are due to receive five days of in-person training and assessment, as well as Andis products and tools to assist in their qualification and beyond. Taking place at the Mike Taylor Education academy in Dorset, the course covers:
- Beard trimming
- Pattern work