My name is Leon Allen and I was referred to the Nutraxx programme in January 2016.
I met with Darren to get signed onto the programme and we discussed that I wanted to become a self-employed Barber which I had previously trained as. I didn’t have the money to buy all the equipment I needed or the uniform that I also needed to be able to rent a chair at ‘The Cutting Room’ in Bolton.
Darren suggested that I used my personal budget to buy the equipment and uniform I needed and he sent me up to Simon Foster to see if it would be possible.
As soon as I saw Simon and explained myself he immediately ordered £400.00 worth of Scissors, Clippers, Hairdryers, Gowns, Brushes and combs to get myself sorted and he also gave me some money to buy my uniform over the last weekend. Darren and Simon also discussed the NEA programme and referred me to get some specialist support from the NEA advisor who I meet on Thursday this week to complete a business plan.
I have never had any support on this level before and I am thankful to all the staff at the Education Training Partnership as without their help I would still be unemployed but I have now got my career to look forward to in Barbering.
With this life changing experience I can now progress into working in the Barbering field and progress to be successful in a job that I have always wanted to do and this would not have been possible without the support of the Nutraxx programme.
I would recommend the Nutraxx programme to anyone who wants to move forward and to get employment, the programme has been life changing.
I can’t believe I am saying this but I will commence working at the Cutting Room in Bolton on a self-employed basis on 8th of February after a rollercoaster couple of weeks.
A photo of Simon Foster who took advantage of a free haircut when I was picking up all my Barbering gear from the centre in Bolton
Simon and myself with all of the gear that was bought with my personal budget