MP Christine Russell discovered first hand what the life of a hairdressing Apprentice involves during a ‘back to the floor’ experience to mark National Apprenticeship Week.

West Cheshire College Apprentices Zoe Chetwynd and Danielle Gillard put Mrs Russell through her paces at the Regis salon in Chester where the MP washed and blow dried hair while learning about the different products used and the importance of customer service.

Regis manager David Hurine said: "I was an Apprentice myself and I’ve trained more than 90 Apprentices during my career.

"I firmly believe they offer the best training route for young people and are great for our business. Almost all our apprentices are offered a permanent job with us and we never have problems with staff retention."

Mrs Russell said: "I’ve always been a great advocate of Apprenticeships because they give young people who don’t want to follow an academic route a chance to earn, to learn and to gain real experience.

"Zoe and Danielle are great examples of the programme. They are skilled, they are dedicated and they have grown in confidence since becoming apprentices.

"They are of great value to their employer and it’s wonderful that employers like Regis work so hard with young people to turn them into valuable and skilled members of the work force."

Zoe and Danielle work at Regis for four days each week and study at West Cheshire College for one day.

Danielle, from Hawarden, is in her first year and  Zoe, from Wrexham, is now in the final stages of her Apprenticeship and a permanent job is set to follow.