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East Ham barber shop wins award for work in the community from Newham College

PUBLISHED: 11:35 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:17 10 August 2017

Patrick Phipps, twice published author and barber at Cut Above the Rest, has won an award from Newham College for his work experience schemes

Patrick Phipps, twice published author and barber at Cut Above the Rest, has won an award from Newham College for his work experience schemes

Patrick Phipps

Providing work experience schemes to budding barbers saw an East Ham barbershop win Employer of the Year at Newham College’s Employer Links Awards.

Cut Above the Rest owner Patrick Phillps, who is also a twice published novelist, says he is “humbled” by the recognition and is glad to be able to give opportunities to people in the community looking for a career.

He said: “It was fantastic to get the recognition of the work we do and I’m very proud.

“It’s important to give youngsters a chance to get into a something at a young age so they can build for the future and stay out of trouble.”

Dean Griffiths, trainee barber, said: “I don’t think I would be where I am today if it hadn’t been for the help and support of Patrick and his team.

“Patrick always showed a strong and supportive approach to teaching me and I quickly gained the basic knowledge of cutting hair. The Cut Above the Rest team were also kind enough to lend me tips and tricks when I was in need, I’ve never felt excluded or outcast in the shop and I can’t wait for the day I get to cut alongside the team.”

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