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From a young age Callum Jenkins knew he had a flair for hairdressing and wanted to follow a career in this profession. At 16 years of age he enrolled on a hairdressing course at his local college and on completion, spent several years working in a local salon in Neath.

Relocating to Rhondda Cynon Taf he decided to further his academic qualifications and in 2013 enrolled on the level 2 Beauty Therapy course at Coleg y Cymoedd’s Rhondda campus. In the same year he enrolled on the level 3 Hairdressing programme on the Nantgarw Campus to complete his qualifications.

Callum really enjoyed the courses and with the support of his tutors explored the opportunities of running his own business. Passionate about offering a unique experience for the community; Callum established Evolve Hair & Beauty in July 2014.

Not forgetting the importance of his own training experiences; Callum contacted the college to offer student work placements at his salon. Course tutor Denise Thomassaid” Callum was always an extremely motivated student and his skills in dealing with the clients was second to none. Evolve offers our current students a first class placement and I am confident that Callum will ensure they have every opportunity to practice their skills in a supervised setting, he is a talented stylist”.

Evolve salon is located in the heart of the community and offers a full range of hair and beauty treatments for men and women. Callum said” It has always been my dream to run my own salon. When I returned to study at Coleg y Cymoedd the tutors were really supportive, signposting me to additional courses and professional advice on running a business. I am fortunate to have colleagues who are qualified to offer beauty treatments such as nail treatments, facial waxing, lash/brow tinting, lash extensions and spray tanning who work out of my salon – which means we are able to offer a complete beauty package to the clients.

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