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| April 2, 2020

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Sam Robinson

It’s been a busy year for Andrew Barton. Kicking off with Beehives, Bobs and Blowdries in February – the UK’s first exhibition dedicated to the history of hair and the salon and its impact on society; and then a move to Headmasters as Creative Director for the acclaimed salon brand.

ABLE Launch

This autumn saw the launch of Andrew Barton London Education – ABLE – his contemporary training programme, which offers colleges of further education, comprehensive add-on training to their existing portfolio of hairdressing education.

Now Live!

And now the ABLE website and Facebook channel are LIVE! Created to meet the needs of the full-time student or apprentice the programme gives students an extended qualification linked to industry and empowers their employment opportunities with an ABLE certificate alongside the traditional NVQ / technical qualification. Andrew has drawn upon his years of experience managing his own salon as well as being the Education Director for Toni & Guy International and the Creative Director at Saks and the world’s largest salon – Urban Retreat at Harrods – to bridge the gap between college delivered hairdressing training and the employment needs of real salons.

Team Work

He is working with Sarah Seaman, General Manager of ABLE, who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the ABLE programme with her extensive background in Further Education. Having worked in the industry for two decades Sarah is a proud hairdresser and cares passionately about young people’s learning in the industry and the outcomes of their investment in training.

Exclusive Training

The ABLE website provides information about this unique training programme plus gives access exclusively for member colleges to a series of training videos and information designed by Andrew to provide in-depth training to all aspects of salon employment – from greeting clients and conducting a consultation to understanding how to run a column as well as the technical ability required to create a perfect blow-dry and offer styling techniques.

Designed To Support

The website and programme is designed to support college education and provide students with the finishing skills they need to work in a salon. ABLE launched first in Barnsley College, where Andrew learnt his craft, with plans to roll out across the UK in 2019.

For more info about the brand, please visit Andrew Barton here