‘Change your career if you want to’

Luke Ramshaw from Batorer Ltd wanted to be a hairdresser but then went on an engineering course and changed career plans - he has since won awards. (D535A322)
Luke Ramshaw from Batorer Ltd wanted to be a hairdresser but then went on an engineering course and changed career plans - he has since won awards. (D535A322)

A young hairdresser has swapped his scissors for spanners to become an engineer – and has been so successful in his apprenticeship, he has netted two awards.

Luke Ramshaw, 20, got a Saturday job in a salon when he was 15, then after school did a hairdressing course while working at Renny Taylor in Brighouse.

He said at first he was set on a career in hairdressing – but had a change of heart.

He said: “I was interested in engineering too. My dad is an engineer and as I was growing up he was always tinkering with things in the garden. I thought I would find myself an apprenticeship, so I decided to apply. I got an interview at Batorer Limited in Cleckheaton and my boss set me on.

And Luke was so successful, he has won the mechanical engineer apprentice and engineering apprentice of the year awards from Kits College in Brighouse.

He said: “I still cut my friends’ and family’s hair and now I cut the lads’ hair too, but I will definitely be sticking with engineering.

“There are some similarities between hairdressing and engineering – you have to be quite precise. But the work environment is completely different. At the hairdressers’ I was working with a team of ladies and now it’s a load of men singing at the top of their voices in the workshop!

“I want to let people know that you can change your career if you want to – don’t be scared to have a go at something else.”