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West Suffolk College Open Evening

Hairdressing is as future-proof as any industry and showing no sign of diminishing in importance! The Fellowship for British Hairdressing prides itself on being part of the new generation of hairdressers, nurturing growth and fostering interest in our industry as a career. As such, The Fellowship works closely with salons and colleges in order to breathe new air into the industry. It actively promotes and guides the stylists and individuals who will form part of the industry for years to come. 

West Suffolk College Academy of Hair and Beauty

Here’s an example of how they do it. Recently The Fellowship hosted an open evening at West Suffolk College, The Fellowship’s first Centre of Excellence. As a Fellowship Centre of Excellence, West Suffolk College is certified as a Fellowship Hub of Education. This means the Fellowship will work with the college to maintain education levels and bridge the gap between college and salons. 

West Suffolk College Academy of Hair and Beauty

The Fellowship invited local salons and business owners within the hair and beauty industry to come along and learn about the partnership between the Fellowship and the College. This includes sharing how they plan to work together to give those in education the best start within the industry.

West Suffolk College Academy of Hair and Beauty

Fellowship chairman Barry Stephens joined fellow board members Simon Shaw and Andrew Barton and West Suffolk’s College Marnie Randall to network and discuss the very first Centre of Excellence and what this entails. The session gave prospective employers the chance to find out about the educational process and standards set by The Fellowship, how this impacts the new generation of stylists and how they wish to work closer with local colleges and salons as they progress through the next few years.

Panel with Barry Stephens, Simon Shaw, Andrew Barton and West Suffolk’s College Marnie Randall

The panel also invited a discussion with the heads of departments and asked for feedback on how they can bridge the gap between the colleges and the workplace. This is to ensure standards remain high at all times whilst also discussing any pressing topics within the industry.

The event allowed those in the industry to connect and share their thoughts about education and the industry. 

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