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Apprenticeships and jobs at risk as Southampton hairdressing college goes into liquidation
A SOUTHAMPTON college has gone into liquidation putting up to 250 apprenticeships and 25 jobs at risk.
Liquidators are currently trying to find another further education provider to take on Above Bar College which has provided hairdressing apprentices to hundreds of salons across the south coast for 20 years.
Talks with another college to take over the training currently provided by Above Bar at its sites in Southampton and Salisbury are at an advanced stage according to the firm in charge of the liquidation, Chantrey Vellacott LLP.
Liquidator Terry Evans said the economic downturn meant fewer employers were using the college to train their staff.
Above Bar went into voluntary liquidation earlier this month promoting concern among businesses and apprentices who were completing their qualifications and training through the scheme.
Talks are now under way with Eastleigh College to see whether they can take over the running of the salons previously run by Above Bar College.
Along with the headquarters at Above Bar Street in Southampton the college also ran studios in East Street and at Bitterne Park School, where training was given to 14 to 16- year-olds.
Some of the students have already found places with City College Southampton who have taken on a number of young people who had been left with an uncertain future.
City College, where millions of pounds has been invested in its hair and beauty training facilities in recent years, was able to provide training for students who had their course cut short.
City College principal Sarah Stannard said: “This has obviously been a turbulent time for many hairdressers in the city whose apprentices were trained by Above Bar College. We are delighted to have been able to step into the breach and ensure the training of these young people continues seamlessly.”
No one from Above Bar College was available for comment.
- Apprentices or employers who have been affected by the closure of Above Bar College and need to arrange a new training provider can call Samantha Hounsome at City College on 07919 212941.
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