A “truly inspiring” barber is already running his own male grooming business at just 21 years old after training with Bolton College.

Corey Dickinson now runs Tonsor Male Grooming on Chorley Road, Westhoughton, where he has already garnered nearly 400 five-star reviews on leading hair and beauty platform fresha.

He was joined recently by senior Bolton College staff and his local MP to hear about how the Deane Road-based college had helped start him on the road to success.

Corey said: “I preferred practical tasks at school so, after discovering a love of barbering, I became an apprentice at 16.

“At 18 I became shop manager then at 19, I bought out my boss and rebranded the barbershop to Tonsor Male Grooming.

The Bolton News: Corey Dickinson, owner of Tonsor Male GroomingCorey Dickinson, owner of Tonsor Male Grooming (Image: Bolton College)

“I now employ a Bolton College apprentice because I want to create opportunities for those who, like me, have a passion and drive to do well.

“It's important for me to give back and mentor young people who were once in my shoes, ensuring that they have the chance to achieve their dreams, regardless of their background or starting point.”

He added: “Not everyone thrives at school but given the right environment, anyone can become successful and achieve qualifications.”

Corey has already expanded his services by adding an aesthetics studio, TMG Cosmetics, run by his mother Jo Ronaldson.

The Bolton News: Corey Dickinson, Chris Green MP, Jennifer Walker and Ralph BillingtonCorey Dickinson, Chris Green MP, Jennifer Walker and Ralph Billington (Image: Bolton College)

This will offer aesthetics treatments for both men and women, as well as facials, vitamin injections and more.

Corey’s success has been held by Bolton West MP Chris Green as an example of what former apprentices can go on to achieve.

Mr Green said: “It's truly inspiring to witness the success stories of individuals like Corey, who have not only excelled in their chosen field but also contribute to the local community by providing opportunities for others.

“Corey's journey highlights the importance of apprenticeships and vocational training in shaping successful careers and businesses.”

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Staff at Bolton College will hope that there will be many more apprentices yet to come who will follow in Corey’s footsteps.

Head of apprenticeships and business development Jennifer Walker said: “Corey's progression from apprentice to barbershop owner in just three years is a testament to his dedication and hard work.

“His commitment to providing opportunities for other young people through apprenticeships reflects the values we strive to instil in our students at Bolton College.

“Corey is a shining example of the positive impact vocational training can have on individuals and communities.”