Learn celebrity hairdresser’s skills and knowledge at Bournemouth & Poole College

Young people are encouraged to learn a celebrity hairdresser’s best techniques at the only Lee Stafford Hair Academy in the south west.

Bournemouth & Poole College launched the new academy with the help of Lee Stafford in October last year. Lee has gained national recognition and numerous awards for his hairdressing work, as well as creating a range of products sold across the UK.

Since then scores of young people have been taught Lee’s ‘recipes’ for different hair cutting, colouring and styling techniques during training in the college’s Lee Stafford Hair Academy, providing them with the skills required for potential future employers.

Speaking at the launch of the academy last year, Lee said: “We have 22 ‘recipes’ that we coach at the academy in Bournemouth, which have been designed by some of the best hairdressers in the world.

“These are all classic, commercial techniques that a young person can literally take into the real world to get a job, build a rapport with people, and then adapt to suit the latest trends.”

Lee also praised the Bournemouth & Poole College, which he said had ‘fantastic staff’ which his team were ‘raving’ about, as well as the young people studying hairdressing. “The students are very positive and they have a great attitude.”

Bournemouth & Poole College offers a host of hairdressing and barbering apprenticeships aimed at young people aged from 16 to 24 who are looking to gain on-the-job training, while achieving a nationally-recognised qualification and earning a wage.

Suzy Parkinson, learning manager for Hairdressing, said: “We are proud to say that the College is the only Lee Stafford Hair Academy in the south west, and of the high standard of teaching and facilities available to our students.

“During their apprenticeship, students work in a salon environment where they learn strong industry skills within a commercial environment. We have found that apprenticeships appeal to those young people who are keen to get out into the world of work after finishing their school education.

“Recently, a number of our students headed to The Lee Stafford Education Hairdresser of the Year competition which was held at the infamous L’Oréal Academy in London. Our students excelled returning to the College with certificates and fantastic feedback from the judges who included Errol Brown, Sophia Hilton and Lee himself. This was an inspirational experience and one which our students will get a chance to repeat next year.”

Please visit www.thecollege.co.uk/hair for more information about the hairdressing and barbering courses at Bournemouth & Poole College.