Interserve Learning & Employment proved its expertise in finding and developing talented barbers at the prestigious Barber-Surgeons’ Hall on 14 May where three of their learners won four British Barber Association accolades, with one being the overall winner claiming Student Barber of the Year 2012.

The Awards Ceremony was well attended, and learners heard inspirational speakers from the male grooming industry including Dale Ted Watkins (City Boy), Mike Taylor (Director of British Barbers’ Association) and Chris Foster (The Foss Academy). Representatives from award sponsors Denman also provided demonstrations of their latest product, the ProEdge comb. A short history lesson was also thrown in on the colourful background of the venue and why it has the ominous title of Barber-Surgeons’ Hall.

Amber Massey, Interserve Learning & Employment Operations Director for Hairdressing and Barbering, said: “We have so many talented students, we put forward 11 budding barbers from around the country, but would like to have entered more. Getting overall winner is a testament to the high quality of training and dedication of our tutors and assessors, and the expertise of the salons we work with. One of our tutors was just pipped to the post for the barbering tutor award, further evidence of our fantastic team at Interserve Learning & Employment.”

As well as providing support to learners already working in salons, and guiding them through their accredited qualifications, Interserve Learning & Employment also runs two training academies in the Yorkshire region, which specialise in hairdressing and barbering. Interserve Learning & Employment strives for excellence and regularly invites the best and brightest from the hairdressing and barbering world to the academies to provide expert training to their learners and their staff too, to ensure their in-house tuition and industry knowledge is continually developed. So far, they’ve welcomed Martin Fox, Simon Shaw, Lee Stafford and Anne Veck to their academies to show learners that with hard work they really can become the best.


Awards won

Classic Barber 2nd place – Adele Wainwright (aged 21)

Fashion Trends 2nd place – Kane Ellis (aged 29)

Fashion Trends 1st place – Stacey Oliver (aged 22)

Overall winner and Student Barber of the Year – Stacey Oliver (pictured above)