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Mark Dalley signed up with Paragon Skills, not to start his career, but to improve his prospects in an existing role. As manager of a thriving barbershop in Birmingham, who had previously trained Apprentices, Mark wanted to expand his understanding of management principles. With a Diploma in Management Mark has been able to take the business and his career prospects to new heights.

Prior to starting his Diploma, Mark had been training a Level 2 hairdressing Apprentice through Paragon Skills. After this experience he witnessed first hand what potential could be unlocked through an Apprenticeship, compared with conventional routes such as full time college education.

“Modern apprenticeships are a hundred miles ahead of college student courses….as an employer I could not recommend taking on an apprentice more. I believe due to [my apprentice] using a vocational route she has a much more mature attitude and committed to completing the course professionally and to the best of her ability.”



Through this experience Mark realised how valuable an ‘on-the-job’ qualification could be for honing skills in a practical environment. It was then that he decided to flip the tables and become an Apprentice himself to learn new skills that would transform his management style. Having been away from books and academic life for some time, it took Mark a while to adjust and get used to having his maths and English skills tested. With guidance from Paragon Skills highly qualified team of tutors and assessors Mark was able to pass all of his tests.

If you’re interested in finding out more about a flexible Management qualification with Paragon Skills please visit our site here or call 0800 7832 545 to speak to us directly.

“Not only do I have a new passion for the industry, but I have realised my dream of opening up my own salon. I would fully recommend apprenticeships – you get to learn and experience what is like first-hand to work in a salon, gain qualifications and confidence.”



Why Choose Paragon?

20 % of our learners progress onto the next level qualification
1500 The number of employers we work with in England
89 % of employers say apprentices make their business more productive