Today (July 23) Paul Edmonds has been appointed as Chair for the Institute’s Hair and Beauty Route Panel.

Paul and his team have worked on some of the most iconic and best-loved TV series and films of recent years. Besides being a full voting member of BAFTA Paul is also the Official Hair Partner of the film awards since 2018.

Paul owns two award-winning salons in the heart of London and has mentored other well-known stylists - including Errol Douglas and Umberto Giannini.

He has also been recognised as a L’Oréal ‘Shu Uemura Art of Hair Styling Ambassador’. His involvement in the Institute’s Route Panel means this huge wealth of experience will feed into making apprenticeships in this area relevant and exciting for all learners.

Speaking about being appointed Chair, Paul Edmonds said:

“I’m extremely excited to be Chair for the Hair and Beauty Route Panel. I want to encourage our team to elevate standards and support young people to join a sector which is not always recognised as being highly skilled or an advanced career option. I want to bring the skills gained by apprentices to the forefront when talking about apprenticeships standards.”

In his role as Chair, Paul will have a big influence on the development and approval of apprenticeships for his sector.

The Institute’s Chief Executive, Sir Gerry Berragan welcomed the appointment:

“It is great for the Institute that we can welcome someone of Paul’s calibre. He has a great amount of influence and is a leading figure in his sector. Paul’s experience will help him be an instrumental figure in developing apprenticeships in the hair and beauty sector.”

The Route Panels bring together industry experts to discuss and agree the standards of knowledge, skills and behaviours needed in apprenticeships for every occupation in England.

The Chairs lead their groups in reviewing and recommending apprenticeship standards and assessment plans and advising on funding levels on behalf of the institute.

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