INSPIRING BARBERS can become fully qualified in just 15 weeks as a thriving barber business announces a new training academy in the capital.
Sovereign Grooming will launch the academy in July at its New Waverley salon in Edinburgh city center and aims to train up to 52 students a year across its two academies.
Having invested £500,000 last year to launch its first barber school and salon in Glasgow, Sovereign Grooming is set to expand the successful program in Edinburgh in an ongoing bid to tackle the significant skills shortage in the men’s grooming industry.
The centrally located 1,200 sq ft space is set over two floors and will be transformed to include both the original salon and the new academy, allowing budding barbers the chance to gain first-hand salon experience.
Kyle Ross, who founded Sovereign Grooming, has a decade of experience as one of Scotland’s top barbers and will train students one-on-one alongside elite barbers Liam Allen and Nathan Robb – both shortlisted for Barber of the Year at the upcoming Scottish Awards for hair and beauty.
Kyle said: “We’re excited to announce the launch of our academy in Edinburgh, which will complement our Glasgow branch to help address the skills gap we’re seeing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.”
“Our academy in Glasgow aims to qualify 36 students each year and the new facility in Edinburgh will add a wealth of exciting graduates to the industry’s talent pool, with the ambition to train 600 barbers over the next decade.”
Sovereign Grooming students benefit from practical training throughout the program and work towards the SVQ Level 2 Barbering qualification which is recognized worldwide. The academy teaches the day-to-day workings of a leading men’s hair brand, while providing students with additional skills in photoshoots, session styling, stage presentation and fashion styling.
The Edinburgh Academy will also offer progression courses to established hairdressers and barbers, running one-to-one and tailored sessions to suit the needs of students.
Kyle said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this in Edinburgh for people considering a career in the men’s hair sector. We want the Edinburgh academy to train the next generation of expert barbers right here in the center of Scotland’s capital and it’s great to be able to provide this service over a 15-week period.”
“It has been rewarding to train students from Glasgow and we really enjoy starting people on their hairdressing career path. The time is right to expand this to Edinburgh to help barbers start this journey.”
Kyle Ross opened Sovereign Grooming in his hometown of Aberdeen in 2016, which has since expanded to Edinburgh and Glasgow, establishing itself with its luxury services for men. In 2022, the brand expanded into barbering training, with the launch of its three-storey salon in Glasgow city centre.
Kyle was named Scottish Male Stylist of the Year in 2017, a year in which he also won Best UK Barber at the International Barber Awards. He won the UK’s Best Barber Award at the International Barber Awards in Germany and was subsequently named Best Barber at the Scottish Hair & Beauty Awards 2018. Going from strength to strength, Kyle was voted Barber of the Year at GQ magazine in 2019, one of only a handful of stylists outside of London to be selected.