Blackburn College and Capelli Design have joined forces to help train the hairdressers and barbers of the future.
Instead of travelling to the college one day a week, students from the Rossendale Valley now have the opportunity to train on their doorstep at Capelli Design in Haslingden instead.
To offer students an alternative to travelling over the Grane Road to Blackburn, Blackburn College staff will provide the day release training at Capelli Design.
The move will enable salons with apprentices to keep things local and minimise disruption during their training.
Maria Teoli, who owns the Manchester Road salon, said: “There are 15 salons in Haslingden, many of which will have apprentices.
“I was trained at Blackburn College and it has worked for me. I have been a hairdresser for 28 years and there’s always something new to learn.
“When I was training, you had to go to College as a day release pupil. The travelling used to put me off, but I had to go. There were no other options.
“Having the salon as a satellite centre offers students more choice about where they study to gain a qualification through Blackburn College.
“We hope it offers an alternative college provision to new and existing apprentices and encourages more students to sign up.”
The academy offers a range of qualifications including hair, barbering, nails and beauty.
Maria, who is also an employer assessor with Blackburn College, said: “It’s something I have always wanted for the salon.
“I like to teach students because I am passionate about what I do. I want to give them knowledge and the skills to be good hairdressers and barbers.”