I recently completed my NVQ Level 2 at Strap & Scraper London barber academy in their new academy based at Old Street. The academy itself is new and in a great location, very accessible. You have your own workstation and if you opt for the kit to be added you will receive everything you need to succeed.
Throughout the 9 weeks I have gone from not knowing how to hold the scissors in the correct way on my first day, to being able to competently complete a range of different haircuts on my last day. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of one-on-one training that was received.
Papi who runs the academy is always on hand to help/guide you whenever needed. The other vastly experienced members of staff are also very welcoming and approachable should you need any help or advice. Papi does an excellent job of running his barber shop and academy to a very high standard. I feel as though the etiquette which is drilled into you from day one has put me in a very strong position moving forwards.
The level of service provided to customers is second to none. With regards to customers, the team really pulls through when it comes to sourcing clients so that you can gain the necessary experience needed to improve. Although daunting at first, it quickly becomes second nature and you get a very good feel for what it’s like to be a barber working in a successful barber shop. The training is detailed and thorough plus the variety of services you learn is fantastic.
Hopefully I’ll be back there one day cutting hair. The nearby street food is an excellent place to go and grab your lunch too!