"For me, it's not about whether it's got the Lee Stafford brand, even though that does help, but it's about delivering first-class education."
Last night I travelled to Maid Marian Way in Nottingham to unveil the great new Lee Stafford Academy which I have been working on behind the scenes for well over a year. I have teamed up with Stephenson College in this joint venture to offer young professionals the opportunity for current and forward thinking curriculum. I thought the public sector of education had failed the young people who had just started in the industry. It's a system that hasn't been producing the goods and has been failing people for a long time. I want the Academy to provide a smart route into the industry and Georgi Hunter, manager of Stephenson’s college agrees that the Academy offers exactly that. She says;
"I think it just gives you an edge, to learn in a modern, fun environment. It just encourages them to walk through the door.
It's not like other colleges, it's a real salon – that's what we wanted to create.
It will bring current, quality curriculum training."
The training area does not look like your standard college, it features all the designs that my brand prides itself on; quirkiness, individualism and of course, the colour PiNK! But for me, it's not about whether it's got the Lee Stafford brand, even though that does help, but it's about delivering first-class education. I have specially designed the curriculum so that it will give young professionals a cut above the rest once they complete their education and go into the world of hairdressing. My Academy represents the modern day salon, not just a college. I've spent my whole life training hairdressers, so I am really excited to see the changes we can make and the training we give the students at the Academy. I'm just learning from like-minded people who share the same passion and it just so happened to be in Nottingham.