Graduates looking to a cutting edge future

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The first graduates of a fast-track course are now ready for a career with an edge.

The group of students are the first to graduate from the Bedford College and Jagged Edge academy.

The cohort will join the Jagged Edge salons, including Sandy, and the fast-growing range of ‘pods’, the first of which opened at Kempston Interchange

Entrepreneur Zak Resinato teamed up with Bedford College to make the most of the growing fashion of modern barbering.

Zak needed to ensure he has a team of quality-trained barbers to cope with demand. Together they launched a full-time barbering course which combined college with work experience.

Now a second squad is sought and auditions are being held at Bedford College’s High Street salon Brooks, on Wednesday June 3 from 6pm to 9pm.

Trainees, aged from 16 upwards, will be based at Bedford College’s High Street training salon but will undertake weekly work experience at Jagged Edge venues in Bedford High Street, Sandy, Clapham and the Interchange Retail Park at Kempston.

“The only thing holding our business back from going nationwide is a lack of staff trained the Jagged Edge way,” said Zak, who at 28 has won a Young Entrepreneur title and was a finalist in an East of England Business Awards,

“I was a trainee with Bedford College and have worked closely with them over the years. They understand what businesses need to grow and employ more staff.”

Assistant Director of Hair and Beauty Kerry Attfield said: “This is all about employability – getting young people trained to keep up with the demands of businesses who are expanding.”

Students will complete Maths and English qualifications through the college, if they do not already have them. They will complete the course with a nationally recognized qualification and an extra special certificate from the Jagged Edge Academy.