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With barbering currently heading up the hipster culture there’s no better time to either join the industry or get your hair and beard in on the trend courtesy of an exciting new partnership at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT). Since September the College is officially the place to train as leading male grooming specialist Mike Taylor has opened up his exclusive Barbering College on the South Campus.
This new style of barber training is the only one in the area where students get to learn under the specialist direction of Mike Taylor who is offering an equally exciting curriculum. And to ensure barbering students can perfect their skills, clients are being invited in for cuts and treatments including wet shaves, massages, haircuts, beard trims and skin fades – all free of charge. Appointments are on a drop-in basis with no prior booking required. The barber shop is open Wednesdays 11am to 6pm, Thursdays 12pm to 6pm and Fridays 9am to 3.30pm during term time.
Mike Taylor, a former BCoT student himself, is one of the country’s leading barbers and the very first in the UK to be crowned a master craftsman. He is also the Founder of the British Barbers’ Association and one of a handful of barbers in the country trusted to write the Habia’s national training standards. Commenting on what’s brought him back to his roots he said: “Partnering with BCoT was a no brainer for me. Having worked at BCoT before, I know that they share my passion for raising the standard of barbering and providing quality training”.
For those keen to master the art of barbering or professionals looking to update their skills further the Mike Taylor Barbering College offers a range of different study options. There are full time Level 2 and 3 courses for 16 to 18 year olds, Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeships and full cost programmes for adults (flexible start dates and days). All students will receive a genuine barbering experience studying together in a real barber shop environment. All courses include health and safety, client consultation, how to shampoo and condition hair, cutting hair, cutting beards and facial hair and colouring – all the skills required for a successful career in the industry.
Commenting on the exciting partnership Principal Anthony Bravo said: “The men’s grooming market is a growing industry and with this partnership BCoT is at the forefront of barber training in the area. We’re also particularly proud to be teaming up with Mike as not only is he a former student of ours but he’s also the best person in the industry to team up with”.
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