Barber academy

A fresh start

A new Aberdeen hairdressing training academy is offering a different career path for former oil and gas workers who lost their jobs in the economic downturn.

Following a £250,000 funding package from Bank of Scotland, James Dun’s House an Aveda lifestyle salon, was able to purchase new premises to grow their business and support those in need of a new beginning.

The salons offer bespoke hairstyles and grooming for men and woman with Aberdeen being the first ‘men only’ salon under the ‘Mr Dun’ brand which currently employs six full-time staff. The new training academy is set to open in the basement of the barber, with the aspiration to train 12 students each year.

One of the driving forces behind the training academy is to grow the business at a good pace. I see the training academy as a key factor in being able to do that. We have a longstanding business relationship with the bank and they have been very supportive.

Dean Walker, co-owner of Mr. Dun

Learning the trade

When Mr. Dun was recruiting for their second Aberdeen store, they received many applications from former oil and gas workers looking to learn a new a trade. Within six-months, senior stylists from James Dun’s House had trained two of those applicants to become barbers.

Alan Gibson, a former oil and gas planning engineer, who now works full time at the barbers, approached the salon and spent six months training with them. The training academy will allow more like Alan to kick-start a new career.
The training project is supported by Skills Development Scotland and will fund four spaces specifically for those who meet certain criteria – relating to the oil and gas trade, while the other spaces will be self-funded by applicants. The six-month course will ultimately lead to an NVQ level 2 in barbering.

It’s totally different to anything I have been done before, I’m still learning as I go along. I don’t know what I would have done without Mr Dun’s. It’s good to be working and have some money coming in again.

Alan Gibson, former engineer turned barber

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The funding package was split between purchasing, refurbishing and fitting out the new premises, allowing the James Dun’s House the chance to expand its business and client base.
Douglas Henderson, a Relationship Manager at Bank of Scotland who oversaw the project commented, “They came to us with the idea for the academy, we took on board what they were saying and believed in their vision.”

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