Apprentice Of The Year
The overall winner of the Apprentice of the Year was announced as Natasha Bloor.
Natasha is a Kleek Apprentice at Bliss Hair in Nottingham and proved to be a true inspiration to all. Natasha has demonstrated how nothing can get in the way of your dreams. Natasha is deaf and has a cochlear implant, and has used her exceptional communication skills, including lip-reading, to build strong relationships with both colleagues and clients alike. Natasha has also raised deaf awareness in her salon, becoming their BSL (British Sign Language) consultant, providing support both in person and over video calls. She has also returned to her former school to share her story and encourage others to follow in her footsteps.
On winning, Natasha said, “What a journey! Training to be the best I can be. I am so grateful for all the support and encouragement I’ve received from the team at Bliss Hairdressing and Leona Kear and the team at Kleek Apprenticeships. I’m really excited to see what the future holds!” She is certainly a deserved winner and role model for aspiring apprentices everywhere.
As is Maria Snow, another Kleek apprentice who received a Highly Commended Apprentice of the Year award in recognition of her incredible path into the industry. Maria defied expectations by embarking on her apprenticeship as a mature learner, proving that age is just a number when it comes to pursuing your dreams. Her story is a shining example that with dedication and determination, you can forge a new path to career success, no matter your stage in life.