Here are some of our past students who explain what it’s like to train with us, and why they chose Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy.

Darran Ryan

After been made redundant and working as a kitchen designer for over 27 years and at the age of 47 I decided that I would like a total change of career.

I had always liked the idea of barbering and I would often say when asked what would you have done if it hadn’t been kitchen designer? A barber would be my reply.

However I thought that that would never happen as I was too old to change direction. How wrong I was!!!!….

I started searching online for Barbering courses and came across Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy. I gave them a call, after chatting to Lloyd I went along to have a look and to find out more. I was so impressed with the Academy, after asking how it all worked and being shown around and meeting some of the students I booked in for a free haircut.

I was so impressed with the cut that Bec did for me, it was better than haircuts that I had paid for in the past !!!! I decided to take the challenge and  booked in for the August-October course 2019.I was so sceptical, how an earth could I learn a new skill at my age, how could I learn to cut hair and get a job in a barbers at 47?

I decided to go with it as this was something I could really see me doing . I loved it! it was hard work and took all my commitment but I can honestly say is was one of  the best decisions I have ever made.Lloyd is fantastic, he gave me confidence and support where needed, he would spend time repeating things if needed, it was great and after finishing the course I have had two job offers and I start on Monday in a barbers shop in Caerphilly.

I hope this will help someone who is unsure and maybe in the same position as I was, just do it!!!!  I have made some friends for life and now it’s all done I really miss the place ,and Lloyd and his great personality and sense of humour.

Darran is now working in Groom for Men Penarth.

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