East Durham College barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood with East Durham College barbering student Lewis Coils outside his Wingate salon.

Students To Take To The National Stage To Promote Qualifications

Two East Durham College students are preparing to work on stage alongside industry professionals to promote barbering education at a national conference.

Lewis Coils, 20, from Wingate, and Alexandra Smith, 21, from Hartlepool, alongside college hairdressing staff will travel to the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales this weekend to take part in the 2016 Barber Connect conference.


The two-day event will see barbering professionals from across the UK attend to take part in numerous seminars.


And for the first time, barbering students will be taking part in the stage work demonstrations this year, with Lewis and Alexandra being the only two to be given the honour.


They will be working on stage showing attendees the skills they have learnt at college and talking about the importance their time in education at East Durham College has had.


Lewis, who has just opened his own salon in Wingate, is excited to have the opportunity to promote the importance of education.


Lewis said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and I am very proud to have been put forward by the college barbering team.


“I believe that education in barbering is very important and I can’t wait to show off the skills I have learnt whilst being a student at East Durham College.”


East Durham College barbering lecturer, Alison Scattergood, added: “It’s a great honour to be asked to take part in this event.


“I have worked at Barber Connect before, helping to showcase the importance of education in barbering, but to be asked to have our students from the college come along to do stage work is a great recognition for the work we do here at East Durham College, I am really proud.”


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