Interserve Learning & Employment (ILE) has launched a new barber training programme as part of its apprenticeship delivery after being awarded UK training provider status by Wahl, the international leader in the manufacture of products for the professional male grooming and salon trade.

The first training provider awarded this status, a significant addition to its existing portfolio and to the services available to salons and apprentices alike.

Already delivering successful barbering and hair professional apprenticeship, will now offer the Wahl Men’s Method programme to clients across the UK as a key part of this provision.

Speaking of the collaboration, Wahl UK’s Global artistic director Simon Shaw said: “The Men’s Method is the most elite training programme for barbers and men’s hairdressers in the UK, and we will only want to work with and accept the very, very best in terms of providers.

“The Wahl brand is prestigious, so we are careful about who we let use the name but we feel that Interserve has what it takes to join us and to deliver this exclusive programme as part of their barbering apprenticeship.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the impact this will have on the hundreds of learners and their salon employers who will benefit from this highest standard of education.”

Amber Massey, ILE’s head of Sector for Hair, Beauty & Barbering, said: “ILE will now be offering one of the top training programmes in the world to hair professionals.  

“Our training specialists will all be Wahl endorsed and benefit from ongoing CPD from Wahl’s Global Artistic Director, Simon Shaw.

“Having the Wahl Men’s Method Certificate in addition to an industry recognised apprenticeship will not only make the barbers of tomorrow more employable, but set them up with the fundamental support and skills required to succeed in their careers.

“Wahl is a huge name in the world of barbering, so to be working with a brand with such heritage is a great honour.”

Since 1919, with the invention of the first practical electric hair clipper, Wahl has been the leader in the professional and home grooming category.

Today, with over 1,500 employees worldwide, its products are sold in approximately 165 countries with six global manufacturing facilities as well as eleven sales offices.

Interserve Learning & Employment provide first-class skills, education, and employment services across a wide range of sectors and professions.

Its team offers flexible, tailored support to young people and adults from all walks of life, including school leavers and employees who seek career development.

ILE helps tens of thousands of people a year embark on training or jobs, which has a positive impact on wider communities and local economies.