Are you a qualified barber ready to take your career to the next level?
By Bill, posted
We recently met with Paul Roy, a barber from Glasgow, to discuss his experience of training with us and how further qualifications have taken his career to the next level.
“I always enjoyed working with my hands and after previously working in retail, barbering really stood out to me and played to my strengths in communicating with people and delivering a quality service. I had my own shop for a while then worked for Guyz Barbers in Cumbernauld for 7 years. Over the years I have learned the importance of quality and precision and delivering what my customers demand, taking great pride in my work. After lockdown and the challenges that COVID brought to us all, I reassessed my priorities and decided to take my pursuit into teaching far more seriously.”
The British Master Barbers have been formed by time served Master Barbers who have a wealth of experience in a range of Barbering related subjects. This includes Barbers, Barbershop owners, Teachers, Lecturers, Assessors, Educators, Session stylists & Barber Academy owners from all over the UK.
On passing the teaching course, learners achieve the nationally recognised Ofqual Level 3 Award in Education and Training Certificate.
The aim is to give learners the confidence and knowledge to teach. By the end of the course, learners will understand how to set up an effective and inclusive learning environment. Every learner designs, delivers and evaluates a 15 minute micro-teach, gaining invaluable feedback from their teacher and peers. (Common Q&A's about the qualification)
After completing the assessing course, learners will gain a nationally recognised assessing qualification that will enable them to assess in both the workplace and in a training environment. This is a generic qualification, meaning once you achieve it, you are qualified to assess in any subject or environment that you yourself are competent. (Common Q&A's about the qualification).
“I found the work involved very straightforward. You have three choices of how you would like to study and what pace you would like to study at. I found the online course suited me best since I could fit this around my busy work schedule and home life. I had originally emailed Train Aid for their advice on which course I was best suited to start with based on my previous qualifications and experience and their advice was to start with a Level 3 Award in Education and Training. I applied for the course and straightaway all of the coursework and the link to my eBook were emailed to me. I found the course itself very enjoyable and the YouTube videos especially informative.”
After completing his training and passing the courses, Paul began to plan his next steps with confidence:
“The outcome of the course for me has been really positive and I feel I am now on the trajectory that I want to be on. I am currently on the supply list for New College Lanarkshire in Motherwell. I also plan to continue my studies and gain my SVQ level 3 in barbering to secure the very best chance of employment within the college sector. However proactively, I soon plan to hold Academy Days at Halfway Barber Shop in Cambuslang for any barbers who want to learn valuable skills such as open razor shaving, or who could benefit from some one-to-one training and hope to try and associate with a skills awarding body soon.
"I gained my Master Barber status with British Master Barbers and also started my Instagram account royal_barbering_company. I am currently self-employed at Lumgairs in Battlefield and Halfway Barbers in Cambuslang."
Could you, like Paul, train yourself and then train others? Train Aid is on hand to answer any questions about these courses either on the phone or by email: