Renowned styling brand Saks is to open a training academy in Darlington.

Saks Academy Darlington will train apprentices from salons across the area, who can attend the facility on day release.

The model enables salons from across the region to benefit from Saks’ signature training and stylist expertise, without losing their apprentices for lengthy periods of time which affects their business day to day.

Saks’ apprenticeship programme equips budding stylists to excel in their industry while the trainers help them achieve recognised awards, qualifications and career development, and expose them to sought after industry opportunities.

A spokeswoman for Saks said: “Saks Academy Darlington will bring job opportunities to the area and of course we will be an apprentice academy so we’re looking for apprentices, and we’ll also be hiring an educator to train the apprentices

“We will also be looking for models and clients for the apprentices, so this is good for anyone in the area looking for high quality hair/barbering services at a discount.”

Saks Academy Darlington will launch on October 28 – to book follow @SaksAcademyDarlo on Facebook and Instgram.