One of the top hairdressing companies in the UK has joined forces with a leading Tees Valley college to open a new salon – the first of its kind in the North East.
Middlesbrough College is working with Francesco Group to open The Hair and Beauty Graduate Academy at its £100m campus.
Organisers say it’s a world away from the usual college training salons and will rival the most stylish city centre salons, delivering “real training for real jobs”.
The Academy opens in September and will operate as a real working environment with structure, opening hours, revenue, customer service, client retention and financial targets, meaning trainees will learn all elements of the industry.
The new business model is also being applied across the college’s beauty therapy courses.
More than 300 hairdressing students each year will be trained at the salon to the highest industry standard, which means practising the latest techniques, providing excellent customer service and demonstrating professional behaviours.
Lynne Alderson, director of programme for service industries and retail skills said: “This is a real step change in the way Middlesbrough College trains its hair and beauty students.
“The new salon will be run to the highest commercial standards – clients will receive the same level of service as they would at the most exclusive High Street salon.
“As with most things Italian the Franscesco brand is stylish, luxurious and unique in style and students and staff will need to demonstrate the highest level of skill and customers service at all times.”
Gary Cumiskey, vice principal curriculum and quality, was the driving force behind the initiative.
He said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Francesco Group.
“The company was crowned winner of the British Hairdressing Business Award for Training, which means students at Middlesbrough College are being trained by the best in the UK.”
Founder of Francesco Group, Francesco Dellicompagni, said: “When we began the training model, the conversion of students in full time education to quality employment was around 50%.
“We are now proud to say that the figure is at a staggering 95%, making Francesco Group even more determined to support up and coming young hairdressers.”
The Hair and Beauty Graduate Academy at Middlesbrough will offer customers a high quality service at fantastic prices and will be open evenings and weekends.
Pictured (above): Lynne Alderson, director of programme for service industries and retail skills (SIRS), looks on as student Ashley Tigra-Barton, 25, practises his skills on Louise Woods, 17. They are joined by students (L-R) Rebecca Meadows, 18, Shantelle Taylor, 19, Sophie Hunt, 19, and (back row) Gary Cumisky, vice principal curriculum and quality, Lisa Proffitt, head of operations for SIRS, and Bev Williamson, deputy director for SIRS.