Connor and his tutor, Helen Williams

CAVC student Connor sets up his own salon

16 June 2015

Cardiff and Vale College student Connor sets up his own salon

Cardiff and Vale College Hairdressing apprentice Connor Marks has set up his own salon in Barry.

It’s been a long journey for Connor – he started at CAVC as a Hairdressing student at the College’s Barry campus but struggled with full-time education. After discussing matters with the salon where he worked part-time Connor decided to try doing an apprenticeship with CAVC and then thrived. 

Connor started his apprenticeship at the Universal Hair Studio in Barry where he worked with his mum and his nan. And now he has completed his Diploma in Hairdressing NVQ Level 2, while his NVQ Level 2 course in Barbering is due to finish in the summer, he is set to keep it in the family.

Connor’s Hair Studios, at Number 4 Barry Road, is going to be a true family business. Connor will work alongside his mum, while his sister will offer nail services. Connor also aims to take on a CAVC Hairdressing apprentice in August – his fiancée, Chloe.

Connor’s tutor Helen Williams said:  Connor started on a course here at the College in full time hairdressing but he found it difficult to settle so decided to leave. He then went to work as a barber on as little as £5 per week until his nana took him on in her salon.

“She helped Connor train as an apprentice, he has now completed Level 2 in Hairdressing and is just about to qualify with his NVQ 2 in barbering again the apprenticeship way. Connor has now opened his own salon and he has achieved so much with many issues along the way.

“As soon as Connor believed in himself everything began to happen for him. He has worked so hard and I am proud of him as I have watched him grow from a young boy into a successful business man.”

Connor added: “I wouldn’t have got here without all of the help I received from the College. You don’t realise how lucky you are to get a free education – you can do anything with a college like Cardiff and Vale College there that will help you.” 

Connor, who financed the salon from his savings after the owner of the Universal Hair Studio decided to retire, said he wanted to become a hairdresser and barber because he enjoys working with people. He also said that his fiancée Chloe aimed to become an apprentice at CAVC and that he would love to take on College students on work placements or as apprentices.

“Someone gave me this opportunity to be an apprentice and take it from there and if I didn’t give someone the same opportunity then that just wouldn’t be fair,” he explained. “I’m very willing to take on students and give them a chance of their own.”