Croydon College has joined forces with celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford to open a new hairdressing training academy.
Mr Stafford announced the partnership on Twitter, posting to his 52,000 followers; ‘Lee Stafford Education is proud and excited to announce our partnership with @CroydonCollege. Academy opening in September.’
This cutting-edge opportunity has come at exactly the right time because the UK beauty industry is booming. Employing more than one million people, it’s worth around £17 billion to the economy.
Frances Wadsworth, principal at Croydon College said; “The Lee Stafford Academy will offer Croydon’s students top-quality training to develop their skills in a high-profile, commercial working environment. This partnership will help to raise standards to the highest levels, increase student confidence, professionalism, and really enhance students’ employability skills and their job prospects.”
Mr Stafford and his team will visit the college regularly, to work with students, staff and employers. He will be putting the college’s current hairdressing tutors through an intensive three-week training course, and there will be continuous professional development to ensure the highest standards, and that staff are up-to-date with new and emerging techniques.
Lee Stafford said: “I am very excited to be working with staff at Croydon College. They are the perfect partners as they share the same passions, standards and dedications as Lee Stafford Education (LSE). I am so passionate about the hairdressing industry and I want to communicate through Croydon College what a great career it can be – the creativity, the diversity, the opportunities – but I also want to help to raise the profile of, and standardise the profession and make hairdressing an industry of which Britain can be proud.’
Ms Wadsworth added; “It’s an incredible opportunity for both the staff and students. Lee is a fantastic role model in terms of skill and entrepreneurism. – we’re delighted to welcome him to the college, and to Croydon.”
Croydon College recently announced plans for a £3m expansion to its campus. This new academy will be a precursor to the works and will open in September 2015.
Courses are available for both full-time and part-time students and Apprentices. A launch event will take place in April. The Lee Stafford Academy will be sited the west end of the college’s main campus site, off Park Lane.
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