Four Interserve Learning & Employment Apprentices were recently shortlisted for British Barber of the Year – a prestigious national competition attracting the best of the best young talent who are doing great things in this dynamic industry.

The first contestant, Holly Mallett is a Junior Stylist at Fellas Men’s Hairdressers in Sheffield. Holly has already got a track record of success: coming runner-up in the National Hairdressers’ Federation’s ‘Britain’s Best click and send’ competition in 2012, a finalist in the BBA National Student of the Year and she has demonstrated her skills and passion at Pro Hair Live working on stage for Wahl.  “I think I’ve got what it takes to become one of the best barbers in the UK as I am a hard working, creative, passionate, individual and I want to learn as much in the trade as possible”, says Holly.

Here are Holly’s pictures.

Next up we have David Stocks who has only been barbering for 12 months. He decided on Barbering as a career change due to illness and is now at Level 2. When asked about how he’s finding his new career and his prospects in the competition, he said: “I really enjoy it and feel I have what it takes to be crowned British Barber of the Year as I am hard working and will have a go at anything!”.

Here are David’s pictures.

Deanna Farnen is a young barber working in Esquire in Eckington, Sheffield. She began like many in the trade, just casually helping out, then decided to go for it properly. She has been working now as an Apprenticeship since June last year. She says her knowledge of barbering has been rapidly increasing since she started her training and now her personal style reflects the modern man of today. “I would like to win this competition as I feel it is a great motivator and I have put a lot of hard work and effort into learning the trade” says Deanna.

Here are Deanna’s pictures.

Finally, Annie Minto is 26 years old and newly owns her own salon, ‘Mint Barbers’, in Penistone, Derbyshire. Although she been in the barbering industry for the last 10 years, she is now doing her Level 3 with Interserve Learning & Employment. “My business has been established for almost a year now and in that time I feel I have excelled myself as a person and gained a great customer base. I’m learning new things everyday”. Of the competition she says “I have what it takes to become Barber of the Year as I have the drive, passion and creativity to achieve whatever life throws at me”.

Here are Annie’s pictures

It is a great achievement for these four to have got as far as they have in this competition against many other contestants. Unfortunately, they were not successful in reaching the finals this time, but they should all be extremely proud to have been shortlisted.  For this many contestants to be submitted by the same learning provider is also evidence of the high quality of teaching and assessment provided whilst they are on programme with Interserve Learning & Employment.

Interserve Learning & Employment’s Head of Hair, Beauty and Barbering, Amber Massey, said: “By being short-listed, these four have shown themselves to be some of the best new barbers training in the UK today. We know they are going far in their future careers and hope they keep developing their professional skills with further training from Interserve Learning & Employment!”

Could you be the future British Barber of the Year? For further information about careers in Barbering and Hairdressing, get in touch by visiting the contact us page or call 0333 444 3973.