The Gould Barbers Academy is based in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. It offers an 8 week intensive barbering course (Stage 1) leading to a City & Guilds Level 2 Barbering certification in the following core barbering modules:

Clipper Cutting - Scissor Cutting - Hair Style & Finish - Client Consultation

This can be (and is usually) linked to a further period of training in one of our shops (Stage 2) to become fully shop floor ready and often leads to ongoing work opportunities with Gould Barbers.

Stage 1 costs £2,500 with Stage 2 costing £1,000. For 18-24 year olds both stages can be fully funded under the Government’s Traineeship programme making the course absolutely free to the trainee. Such young people can also continue to receive existing benefits such as Universal Credit whilst undertaking the Traineeship. 

Payment terms can be arranged.

We want our Barbers new & old to create incredible careers for themselves. We hope to welcome you to the Gould Barber Family

Darran Gould — Founder

Stage 1: 8 Weeks at the Academy, King's Lynn

To start our comprehensive training programme comprises an 8 week course based at our King’s Lynn, Norfolk Academy.

This initial 8 week training programme is a Government (ESFA) approved Occupational Traineeship in Barbering, with Level 2 certification (City & Guilds) in the core modules of Barbering, Clipper Cutting, Scissor Cutting, Style & Finish Hair & Client Consultation.

In the Gould Barber Academy you will learn the foundations of the barbering industry and what it is like to work in a Gould Barbers location. The course provides our learners with a solid platform to begin their barbering career having mastered all of the fundamental skills and techniques.

Accommodation in King’s Lynn can be arranged.

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Stage 2: Real Shop Floor Experience

The inital 8 week course can then be followed by supervised training in one of our shops and is likely to lead to a self-employed opportunity to work in a Gould Barbers shop, subject to availability and performance during training. This second stage typically takes 15 - 20 weeks to become fully shop floor ready.

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