About Us


BL Hairdressing Apprenticeships – The real alternative to college! We’re based in the North East of England, Est. since 1986. We provide high standard training for our future generation of talented hairdressers & barbers! We have 3 training academies in Newcastle, Darlington & Stockton. We work with the best employers in the North East region and offer real employment opportunities for enthusiastic and creative individuals.

Working closely with employers, apprentices and the local community, we have now expanded our provision to include a Summer Academy, Traineeships, Hairdressing Apprenticeship Standards, Barbering Apprenticeship Standards, Technical Workshops and Higher Apprenticeships including Salon Management.

We provide a recruitment service for school leavers and young people who are interested in a career in hairdressing and barbering. We provide courses for everyone, from apprentices through to salon managers.

Our aim is to also provide a ‘one stop shop’ of training solutions for businesses with staff at different levels and different job roles. We pride ourselves on offering flexible and bespoke training packages, alongside the more traditional qualifications-based route. We offer onsite training and academy based provision.

We firmly believe we have a course to suit everyone’s development needs.

BL Directors

Julie Ritson & Gail Dalton-Ayres

Meet The Team

Board of Directors

Senior Management Team

Academy managers