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Lincoln hairdresser to open training academy in city

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 03, 2012

Stylish: From left, Kelly Newland assisting graduate stylist Imogen Robinson at Stringers on Lincoln, High Street

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A city hairdresser is opening a unique academy to train the next generation of cutting edge stylists.

Stringers is the only salon offering apprenticeships in Lincoln.

And students will gain NVQ qualifications on their road to a coiffuring career.

Taking its first fledgling stylists on September 5, owner Steven Stringer says it will be a far cry from the days when teenagers who dream of cutting hair, were left sweeping up the salon on a Saturday.

He said: "We want to offer something new and exciting.

"Hairdressers are creative people and what we aim to do is harness and focus this to create a new generation of hairdressers who can be at the forefront of hairdressing in Lincoln.

"This is an opportunity for us do to this and I have the premises and the location. We have trained our own staff for the last 15 years – people who are still with us today."

The academy, for 16 to 19-year-olds, will be run above the salon in the lower High Street and trainees can train for an NVQ level 3 in hairdressing and barbering.

There will be a theory classroom and a fully functioning salon where students will work on their skills.

The idea came from Mr Stringer, his partner Sandra and staff members Kelly Newland and Richard Everatt.

They decided that something new and innovative was needed to inspire a new generation of Lincoln hairdressers.

Students will attend the academy for one day a week, which is similar to a traditional college set-up.

But that is where the similarities end, according to Ms Newland.

She said: "There is a need to know and learn traditional techniques – and we will be teaching these – but hairdressing is a fast moving fashion industry and it's important that education encompasses the latest developments.

"All our tutors and assessors work in a busy salon when they are not teaching and this is essential to maintain our own knowledge to pass on to our students."

Students will have the opportunity to take part in photo shoots, helping them to create a professional portfolio. Imogen Robinson, 18, is already on the road to being a professional.

She said: "I'm really excited about being one of the first students to start level 3.

"I want a future in hairdressing and the teachers are fantastic hairdressers so I know I'll get the best education possible."

The academy will also offer private NVQ courses and refresher courses for hairdressers who want to return to the profession.

And for people who want to recreate high end, fashion looks at home, there will be evening classes available.

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