• School: Southlands High School
  • Studied: Barbering Level 3
  • Working with his dad in their family-run salon - David Ward’s Barbers Shop in Chorley
"I learned about how things work and the structure of hair and I also benefitted from the practical side like shaving on mannequins, which helps you trust your ability and gives you the confidence to move on to people and cut clients’ hair."

Jackson studied Blackburn College’s Barbering Level 3 Apprenticeship and achieved a Distinction grade, becoming the first College Apprentice to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) in this subject in the process. Congratulations and good luck, Jackson!

Jackson said: “I chose to study at Blackburn College because it was the only College in the local area that delivered a Barbering course for my age group. The campus wasn’t too far from my home in Chorley, my Dad had attended the College as well and recommended it and the course sounded good – everything seemed right, it was the perfect fit.

“I enjoyed all of my course to be honest. I loved learning a new trade and new skills, the teachers were great and I met loads of new people who were interested in Barbering. Everyone on my course shared lots of interesting knowledge and ideas.

“Blackburn College helped prepare me for the future by teaching me industry techniques and theory which gave me a better understanding of Barbering.

“I learned about how things work and the structure of hair and I also benefitted from the practical side like shaving on mannequins, which helps you trust your ability and gives you the confidence to move on to people and cut clients’ hair.”

He added: “The support from my tutors was excellent, especially from my Assessor, Tammy Woods, and my tutor, Lee Thistlethwaite – they were brilliant! They were always there to help when you needed them, no matter what it was or when it was they would always provide advice.

“Everything has come full circle because I am now working as a Barber alongside my Dad in the family business – David Ward’s Barbers Shop in Chorley. I absolutely love working with him! We get along like a house on fire anyway, so working together in a family environment is great.”