Acclaimed hairdresser Andrew Barton has designed a contemporary training programme, ABLE, which offers colleges of further education, comprehensive add-on training to their existing portfolio of hairdressing education

Created to meet the needs of the full-time student or apprentice the programme gives students an extended qualification linked to industry and empowers their employment opportunities with an ABLE certificate alongside the traditional NVQ / technical qualification.

ABLE provides teachers with a package of additional resources to enhance delivery and build upon the students learning and experience.

Andrew Barton, Founder
Leading British hairdresser Andrew Barton uses his industry experience and knowledge to create this programme which equips students with a high level of skill set and abilities. With over three decades of hairdressing experience Andrew is renowned as hairdressing royalty and holds a string of awards including British Hairdresser Of The Year, British Hair Icon and Honorary Doctorate “Hon D Arts” for his services to the hairdressing industry.

One of the UK’s most celebrated hairdressing names Andrew’s work graces global magazine from cover to editorial, TV Campaign to print advertising and is on speed dial to the British beauty press for his hair authority. The figurehead of his own hairdressing empire with an award-winning signature hair care range and electrical tools Andrew has led creativity and education for some of the UK’s most celebrated and successful hairdressing salon brands including Toni & Guy, Saks Hair and Beauty, Urban Retreat at Harrods and is now Creative Director for the highly renowned Headmasters salon group.

A voice for British hairdressing Andrew travels the world sharing his signature hair philosophy presenting hair education and works tirelessly to promote its export, success and cares passionately about the industry and nurturing the next generation of hairdressers.

Beyond his high media profile and industry renown Andrew is actively altruistic and supports various charitable causes including The Prince’s Trust as celebrity ambassador, Patron of Coram BAAF the UK’s oldest children charity and industry organisations The Hair Council, British Hairdressing Fellowship and The Hairdressers Charity. He is Hair Ambassador for The Little Princess Trust.

Sarah Seaman, General Manager
As General Manager of ABLE, Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the ABLE programme with her extensive background in Further Education. Having worked in the industry for two decades Sarah is proudly a hairdresser and cares passionately about young people’s learning in the industry and the outcomes of their investment in training.

Formerly, Head of Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy, Catering and Hospitality at Barnsley College and now leading the department at York College, Sarah’s vast experience in further education equips her to guide hairdressing departments to success via the ABLE programme.

With a focus around the needs of the industry along with a deep understanding of the demands and values of the education sector Sarah leads the ABLE programme with Andrew.