Learner of the Year Award goes to Marcio Paixo

Updated: Oct 28, 2019

Thursday, 24th of October, 7pm: Nervous nominees, a sophisticated location and an atmosphere tense with excitement – this was the scene at yesterday´s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru ceremony, hosted by the National Training Federation Wales at the new International Convention Centre Wales.


An hour later the winner is announced: Marcio Paixo is trainee of the year! Out of 34 finalists across various categories Marcio took the prestigious award home, which is a recognition for his development and personal growth in the past.



1) Winner Marcio (middle) with Adam and Andreas Lazarou.

2) During the award ceremony of Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.

3) The finalists and nominees of the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.


Marcio joined our team a year ago – under the wing of our manager Andreas Lazarou, he quickly excelled at barbering and keeps improving constantly. His continuous progression, personal drive and positive attitude make him to a valuable asset to our team in Merthyr Tydfil.


Considering his young age of 18 and his past experience, his development is even more impressive: Marcio was born in Portugal, at the age of 11 he moved to Merthyr to live with his aunt. Faced to bullying at school, he still managed to excel in his academic career, he achieved eight A-C GCSEs. Marcio´s excellence continues at Lazarou, where he is enrolled on a Foundation Apprenticeship while pursuing a modelling career in his time off.

PeoplePlus (peoplepluscymru.co.uk) Merthyr tutor Ryan James said : “Marcio epitomises the qualities of a learner of the year, excelling beyond his expectations despite a challenging start of life.”


Work hard and strive for excellence.This is in line with what we stand for at Lazarou. We love seeing people excel and progress to their best abilities.

Marcio is the best example that hard work, perseverance and determination pays off. He loves his profession, his customers and is passionate about every cut, trim or shave he does.

Also Marcio´s customers recognize his work:


Marcio top class.“ (R.B.)


I’m very fussy about my hair... have used some of the best hairdressers and barbers in the country. Was concerned moving to the Valleys I would struggle to find one. Marcio is an incredible barber. Have known him since he was sweeping up hair. Totally dedicated to his chosen profession this young man is at the top of his game. Briliant fade and very professional service.“ (A.V.)


We couldn´t be more happy to have him as part of our team and are excited to see what comes next in his career and personal development. We make sure to keep an eye on him ;).


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