Foundation Grant puts trainees a cut above

Published 5 September 2014

Trainee hairdressers in Ossett have been given a trim-endous head start after a WDH grant paid for brand new equipment.

Apprentices in hairdressing and barbering at Picasso’s Training Academy were presented with hairdressing kits worth hundreds of pounds, while beauticians also received training equipment to practice treatments and therapies.

The WDH Foundation Grant offers individuals living in WDH properties who are over 16 the chance to apply for up to £500 to help with educational support or further their professional opportunities.

The 14 applications from Picasso’s all met the criteria and were approved by a WDH panel, made up of employees and tenant Board members. This means the girls will have the perfect start to their education when training begins later this month.

Emily Craven, Senior Lecturer at Picasso’s, said: “Without this grant the girls would have to have found another way to fund buying this equipment and at the moment there just isn’t another way, so it would have massively affected the number of people who had the opportunity to develop their skills.”

Natalie Littlewood, who has enrolled on the scheme thanks to the grant, said: “It has enabled me to buy a full kit for the NVQ level 2 in hairdressing which I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise, so it has been a huge help.”

Last month WDH handed out the first Foundation Grant to Tommy Cunningham from Lupset, who applied for financial support to renew his Security Industry Authority license.


ne Challoner, Corporate Engagement Manager at WDH, said: “Seeing how much of an impact these grants can have on young people who have big aspirations has been fantastic in recent weeks and I would encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible to apply and reap the same benefits as Tommy and the Picasso trainees.”

The deadline for the next round of applications is at the end of September. For application forms and all the information about the scheme, visit https://www.wdh.co.uk/WDHFoundation.

Watch video interviews with Emily, Natalie and Anne.

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