See below for all the latest News and what’s happening at JET Hairdressing Academy.

Previous JET Learner and Owner  of Phoney Pony Barbers Jen Winters has become an Official King Brown Promade Brand Ambassador. Well done Jen! 

“Jen’s been making a solid name for herself in the industry over recent years and we really resonated with her unique style, she’s a real character. Jen will be a major contributor to KB’s overall brand vision and will also work with us and Bobbie on development of key signature products. Jen’s appreciation for classics but love of progression will be a big asset to the brand”. 
Daen Brown, Founder/Brand Manager


Extreme Hair Wars Season 2 Now showing Thursdays 9pm on 5Star

Hair Lounge, based in Kelvedon, recently won four awards including Excellence in Customer Services, Hair Salon of the Year and Regional Manager of the Year at this year’s prestigious British Hair & Beauty Awards.  Caroline Lane, Manager of Hair Lounge also won the National Manager of the Year Award 2018.  The award recognises the talent in the hair and beauty industry and provides a platform to showcase the crème de la crème in the industry.

Caroline Lane said “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined winning this national award. I feel so proud because it recognises the great team I have and wonderful clients. This award helps put our lovely village on the hairdressing map”’.

The Hair Lounge Team (pictured)

20 Years of Training Excellence- Click here for report from Estetica Magazine



JET GOES LIVE- Click here for report from VTCT 

New UK Employment Strategy from HJI 14/6/18

The Struggle is Real!

There is currently a National Shortage of young people entering Apprenticeships in the U.K. This is having a knock on effect to the Hairdressing Industry. We need to encourage young people into our fabulous inclusive industry. #ChooseHair

Have you entered yet?





Click here to read the Spring Edition of The Word 2018 


 The Word Autumn 2017


We recently held our annual competition at The Halfway House, Brentwood.

30 of our Apprentices entered the live competition, now in its sixteenth year, competing for trophies and  prizes from our sponsors FUDGE HAIR. The theme for inspiration this year was “Project Runway 2017” and the apprentices pulled out all the stops in the 60 minutes they were given to complete their final looks!  Judges were Claire Turner from Fudge and Jim Shaw from Essensuals.

The winners were April Mash – Strangeways (first), Shannon Cox – The Hair Company and Charlie Upton -Ella Connor Hair (third). Special recognition from the Judges went to Sam Kellett who impressed them immensely in her presentation.

A presentation from the JET Artistic Team was followed by JET’s annual awards ceremony where merit awards and the very prestigious Student of the Year Award were announced. 

The winner of Level 2 and Barbering Student of the Year was Lewis Frost – Rumour Hair and the winner of Level 3 Student of the year was Ellese Day – Westwood Salon.

JETs chosen charity for 2017 was Alzheimer’s Society. The event helped raise over £500.

JET Artistic Team Collection

Jet Stars

Jet Stars pictured-

Helen Fairbrace – The Strand

Mitchell Hood- Honeys

Molly Donovan- Ladles & Jellyspoons

Taylah Jones- Smiles

Ria Dixon & Emily Shuttlewood- Sophisticuts


Just FYI

Apprentices are entitled to £3.50 an hour if they’re either:

•          Aged under 19

•          Aged 19 or over in the first year of their apprenticeship

Sid Sottung

World renowned Sid Sottung, held a brilliant Barbering Seminar in association with FUDGE HAIR and ALAN HOWARD LTD at our Basildon Academy. A fantastic day was had by all with Sid sharing his valuable tips and enthusiasm for barbering. If you are interested in a barbering apprenticeship & work in a barbershop, contact Trudi at our Basildon Academy. Email

If you are interested in hiring our academies for events please contact our Basildon Academy or email

City and Guilds News


Jet Staff were joined by Apprentices from both Strangeways and Westwood salon to take part in a photoshoot for the new City and Guilds Hairdressing textbooks. We look forward to seeing their work in print.

Medals For Excellence

City & Guilds’ Medals for Excellence recognises the achievements of learners & trainers who have achieved great results by producing exceptional work – going above and beyond what is expected to achieve their goals. It recognises not only excellent results but also those who show a true journey of progression throughout their qualification.

We are pleased to announce that Employer Liaison manager, Stacie Woodford was nominated and won a prestigious Medal. He was awarded for his achievement in assessing and representing the Hairdressing Industry at the Lion Awards ceremony at the fabulous Kensington Roof Gardens. Nominations for next year open soon so please get in touch to nominate a learner or member of the training team who you feel deserves this award. Email

Training at work

What have you been up to at work? We would love to see your pictures of styles you have created. Upload your pictures to social media & Tag us @jethairdressing & use #jetapprentice & we will post up our favourites. Featured here is an amazing colour correction by apprentice Beth Inskip from Reeds Hair in Cambridge. Well done Beth, it looks fantastic.

Our Clients

We think that our clients who attend our academies to get their hair done are pretty awesome. Even more awesome is when they share fabulous feedback with us. Thanks @bubakes

Please call our Academies if you would like to be a model. Basildon 01268 286403 or Chelmsford 01245 268106

Smart Assessor

Learners can now access their portfolio 24/7. We have loved seeing your collages of treatment plans and photos of your work that you have uploaded. Did you know that you can email your Training Co-ordinator straight from Smart Assessor? We have found this to be a very effect way to keep in contact with you all.

New standards

All new Level 2 Hairdressing Apprentices will now be working to the new Hair Professional qualification with end point assessment. This is an equivalent of a Level 2 and a half and we are very excited to be delivering this. We will keep you all updated in due course.

Sharing is caring

Do you have any news that you would like to share with us? Contact Jemma and you and your salon could feature in our next newsletter. Email 01268 286403




New Year, New Career!

Started a course at college you don’t like? Give JET a call, our Recruitment team are ready to help!

Be the hairdresser you’ve always wanted to be!

Ask for Trudi or Pam on – 01268 286403 



National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage Information 


From the 1st October 2016:

£3.40 per hour pro rota (16-18 years of age)

£3.40 Minimum hourly rate (19+ years of age Year 1 of apprenticeship)

£5.55 Minimum hourly rate (19+ years of age Year 2 of apprenticeship)

£6.95 Minimum hourly rate (21+ years of age Year 2 of apprenticeship)

Don’t forget to look at the NHF Guide to the National Minimum Wage.  Members can download another copy free of charge from the NHF website:

Call them on 01234 831965 if you need advice


Charity days at JET!

Over the last few months JET has been working with numerous charities to help raise awareness for some great causes!

We have raised an amazing £500! Thank you to everyone who took part and donated!!

Christmas Jumper Day – 7th December 2016

JET took part in Christmas Jumper Day 2016 to help raise money for Save The Children


Pyjama Day – 17th November 2016

JET took part in Pyjama Day 2016 to help raise money for Children In Need!


PINK DAY – 19th October 2016

JET took part in Pink Day to help raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness



Steve Turner’s Training Day

Special Guest Steve Turner payed us a visit to train some of our staff. Our tutors enjoyed a very informative afternoon.

JET recommends checking out ‘The Facilitators London’ and ‘MHD Academy’

Thank you Steve!


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JET Goes Live 2016

30 of our hairdressing Apprentices entered our annual JET Goes Live competition, which is now in its fifteenth year, competing for trophies and sponsors from Wella, & Hairways wholesalers.

The theme for inspiration this year was “Middle Earth Couture” and the apprentices pulled out all the stops in the 45 minutes they were given to complete their final looks! Judges were Jim Shaw Winner of British Mens Hairdressing award, Wella Technical Educator Scott Evans, and salon owner Louise Eden!

The winners were Gratia Brown from Aimee Hair (first), Ellese Day from Westwoods (second) and Victoria Yerby from Westwoods (third).

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JET Staff Away Day

JET Staff enjoyed a night away, for 2 days of team building and fun!

Staff were split into teams and completed tasks to get the most points! The winners of the competition were Karen, Georgie and Christi!

Staff then enjoyed a night of fancy dress and karaoke!


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The JET Hairdressing Academy app is now FREE!!

Click here to visit the app website for further info!

Click here to be taken direct to the app in the App Store or search “JET Academy” in the App Store!

Well done to Chris for working so hard on this project, we hope you all enjoy it!


 Hair Council Student of the Year 2015: Winners Announced!

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The two talented winners of the Hair Council Student of the Year competition, in association with L’Oreal Professional and VTCT, have been announced after a round of judging by Andrew Barton, Jamie Stevens and Patrick Cameron. Hairdressing students from across the country submitted photos of their work, with Level 2 students tasked with creating a red-carpet look and Level 3 following the brief of a cut and blow-dry.

Finalists were then invited to the L’Oreal academy in London to recreate their look in just 50 minutes, before interviews with a panel of experts about not just their work, but the work of the Hair Council.

The winners will now go on to spend a day with Andrew Barton at Urban Retreat in Harrods, enjoy an afternoon tea with the Hair Council at the House of Commons and a Wella course of their choice.

And the winners were…

Level 2

Rebecca Mardon, JET Hairdressing

“The feeling of winning was amazing; when they said my name I honestly couldn’t believe it was me. The standard at the competition was so high it was unbelievable. I was speechless when I was announced; I just wanted to cry I was so happy!”

Level 3

Demi Stainton, Grimsby Institute

“The talent during the day of the finals was so incredible. I was so happy to be a finalist and then shocked to be the winner! I was extremely emotional and collecting my award is a blur. I feel very honoured to have won such a prestigious award. Hair is my passion and I love what the Hair Council stands for – I hope one day it will be mandatory for every UK hairdresser to be state registered.”

To register your interest in the 2016 awards please email:, visit or call 020 8760 7014.


Wella Professionals XPosure Competition 2015

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Wella Professional held the XPosure competiton, celebrating creativity and skill within hairdressing colleges and academies. Talented students from all across the UK gathered at the Wella World Studio in London; to make it to the final they had to get through a photographic round and a live regional heat first. They were judged by some of the industry’s most respected names including Adam Harris from MG Hairdressing and Clinton James from Clinton James Salon. Also among the panel of judges was HJ’s deputy editor Matthew Batham who said:

“I am always hugely impressed by the standard of the competition and this year I think it was higher than ever. All 20 finalists should be very proud of their work.”

The 20 finalists battled it out for Gold, Sillver and Bronze places. The top prize included £1000 worth of education vouchers, a tool kit to the value of £500 and the chance to shadow a top hairdresser backstage at the UK final of Wella Trendvision.

The winners on the day were:

GOLD: Danielle Cooper, Jet Hairdressing Academy
SILVER: Gemma Jackson, Scissors, Poole
BRONZE: Shannon Devenney, Lanarkshire College

JET Hairdressing Academy are exceedingly proud of Danielle’s achievement!

Stay up to date: @wellapro

For more information on taking part in XPosure 2017 call the Wella Events Hotline on 08456018128 or email


Wella Trendvision Final 2015

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There were more than 800 entries for this competition and after four regional finals in Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham and London the 36 finalists were chosen. Each finalist was required to submit a photographic entry in either the Young Talent or the New Color Vision Category. Reece Bullman from Chopp hair salon, Chalkwell, who completed his NVQ Level 2 and 3 Hairdressing and Barbering at JET Hairdressing Academy made it to the final in the Young Talent Category.

Reece and the other competitors attended the Final on Monday 5th October at the Roundhouse in Camden and won the Bronze award!

Congratulations Reece!

Stay up to date: @WellaPro



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Haircuts4Homeless is a community group set up by veteran hairdresser Stewart Roberts, the owner of Stewart Roberts Hair Studio, Essex. Stewart was inspired by Mark Bustos who set up a similar group within his own community in New York. Wanting to do his own bit, he decided to offer his services by visiting centres across Essex and East London giving haircuts.

To find out more about the project or to enquire about setting up ‘Haircuts4Homeless’ in your area visit: or contact:

07590807435 / 01375 642224


JET Hairdressing Academy opens a new site at Strangeways!

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JET are proud to announce we have opened a new training centre at Strangeways, a salon renowned nationally for developing young talent. The new training site has made learning more accessible to students and salon owners in the Southend area. They have been recognised and named as one of the top 100 apprentice employers in the country, among more than 1,600 entrants in the National Apprenticeship awards.  With personalised training for small groups of students this will ensure they are equipped with a high standard of practical skills for a life-long career in the industry.

Please visit:


Wella Trendvision Final 2015

Dan - Wella Trend Vision
Monday 5th October was the final for Wella Trendvision, after winning Gold at Wella Xposure Danielle Cooper had the chance to shadow top hairdresser Patrick Cameron backstage!

JET are so proud of Danielle’s achievement!