East Durham College barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood and college barbering student David Jackson

Student Takes Employment Into His Own Hands

A former East Durham College student has taken business into his own hands as he sets up his own barber shop after completing his course.

David Jackson, 30, from Horden, has recently opened his own salon, The Gents Valet Barber Shop, in Murton.


David completed his level 3 barbering course at the college earlier this year before making the decision to go it alone and open his own business last month.


The Gents Valet offers a number of men’s male grooming treatments including haircuts and hot towel shaves.


Another East Durham College student, James Davison, who has just completed his level 2 course and going on to his level 3 course in September; has also joined David to work in the new venture.


David is excited to have his own shop up and running and is delighted at how business has been going so far.


David said: “This really is a dream come true, I am so proud to see my very own barber shop open for business.


“I loved my time at East Durham College, learning my craft and skills from a passionate group of lecturers.


“The support I have received in opening the salon has been brilliant, and we have been really busy since opening in July. 


“I am really excited to see the business continue to grow in the next few months.”


East Durham College barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood added: “It’s always great to see our students go on to great things once finishing their qualifications.


“David was a fantastic student and his new store is really impressive. He looks to have made a great start and I am sure his client-base will continue to grow over the coming months.” 


For more information on courses in barbering at East Durham College, please contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.