East Durham College is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with Lee Stafford Education, bringing new opportunities for hairdressing students in the North East.

Launching in September 2019, the Lee Stafford Academy will be open to both learners age 16-18, and to adult learners who would like to retrain as a hairdresser. The course will be taught at the college’s dedicated salon training facility, also open to the public at East Durham College’s Peterlee campus.

By partnering with Lee Stafford Education, East Durham College’s hairdressing students will be at the very forefront of the industry, learning the latest trends and styles, as well as benefiting from the mentorship, passion and experience of Lee, a highly successful stylist.

East Durham College principal Suzanne Duncan is thrilled with the new partnership with the Lee Stafford Academy and the opportunities it offers for students. Suzanne said: “There’s never been a more exciting time to be a hairdresser in the North East. Our hairdressing courses have always been highly popular, and we wanted to expand the exceptional training we already give our students even further, in order to increase their employability.

“The new partnership means our students from the Lee Stafford Academy at East Durham College will be among the most employable in the region, thanks to the cutting-edge tuition and brand recognition that working with a stylist such as Lee provides.”

On the Level 2 hairdressing course, students will be taught by EDC’s leading teaching professionals, following a selection of carefully crafted hair ‘recipes’ provided by Lee Stafford Education. Students are provided with full recipe books and videos created by Lee, which complement the teaching at the college.

Lee Stafford is also excited to launch the new academy at East Durham College. Lee said: “It’s very exciting to be working with such an enthusiastic and passionate college in training facilities which provide an excellent platform for learning.  Students coming to East Durham College will learn commercial, salon ready techniques and will have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses and national competitions.”

Simon Smith, Curriculum Director for Hair and Beauty at East Durham College, added: “We cannot wait to launch the new Lee Stafford Academy here at EDC.

“We’ve always been extremely proud of the talent of our hairdressing tutors, and to further expand the experiences of both staff and students with the opportunities the Lee Stafford Academy provides is a very exciting prospect. The future is incredibly bright for school leavers and adults looking to study hairdressing in our region – and the Lee Stafford Academy will give students more opportunities than ever before.”

From his early days cutting hair in his mother’s dining room, Lee Stafford has gone on to be one of Britain’s most successful, multi award winning hairdressers. Always with a passion for education, Lee has managed to find the time to teach thousands of other hairdressers all over the world in his renowned seminars and shows that sell out globally. In 2015 he presents four live shows at the Redken International Symposium in Las Vegas, demonstrating that he is still a leading figure at the top of the game.

Lee Stafford Education was created to enable college training teams to be the most inspired hairdressing teachers in the country, and for students to excel in their learning, imagination and ultimately, their employment.