One year on... Happy Birthday the LHAA!
An incredible first year at the London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy in Camden: Since opening in August last year the LHAA have trained 120 young Apprentices in hairdressing and barbering.
The LHAA are dedicated to providing high quality hairdressing and barbering training that meets the high standards that salons require. They work with over 300 salons across Hertfordshire, Essex and London and have been very successful in getting young people into work. Dean Twooley of Stunt Dolly said ‘I am so delighted with the standard of hairdressing training that the LHAA provide and I am so pleased I found them. To be honest before the LHAA I was so disappointed with the quality of training at private hairdressing providers and colleges I almost gave up, but I’m pleased I didn’t and that I have found the LHAA’.
The LHAA were also delighted that one of their Camden Apprentices Yasmine Cousins of Kink Hairdressing was a finalist [one of eight from hundreds of entrants] in the Hair Council’s National hairdressing competition February 2015.
As well as training Apprentices the LHAA also provide part-time training in hairdressing and barbering for adults wanting a career change or adults wanting to return to work. This has been a hugely successful programme and most rewarding for the Adults that have started their new careers in hairdressing and barbering.
Careers in hairdressing go beyond working in a salon as many of the LHAA graduates have found. There are opportunities to work in film, TV and magazines, working on the cruise ships, managing a salon, mobile hairdressing, and of course specialising in doing hair for Weddings and Prom nights. The LHAA work closely with Steiner’s who recruit young hairdressers to work on the cruise ships –Leanne Clarke the LHAA Academy Manager said, ‘With a group of 12 students earlier this summer we visited a cruise ship in Southampton - our students were overwhelmed with the opportunity to work on a cruise ship; to travel the world, develop their skills and earn good money as well’.
The Directors of the LHAA, Trevor and Francine Luker are delighted with the success of their 3rd Academy in Camden. They are also keen to support the local community. They are currently working with the Peabody Trust to provide young residents of the Peabody trust with an opportunity to be involved in a summer Avant Garde Hairdressing Project at their Camden Academy with a photoshoot as the grand finale.