New academy to launch

Oil workers cutting out a future in grooming

mr-dunRedundant North Sea oil workers are cutting out a future as stylists in a barbershop venture.

Two former rig operators are among those to have applied for jobs at James Dun’s House which opened in October with the backing of a £250,000 funding package from Bank of Scotland.

It is now launching an academy to train students in the barbering and hairdressing trade.

The project is supported by Skills Development Scotland and has capitalised on the growing trend in hair styling and beard grooming.

During recruitment the owners received responses from former oil and gas workers looking to learn a new trade.

Dean Walker, co-owner of Mr Dun’s commented: “Demand for expertise in male grooming is high.

“We are looking forward to opening our training academy next year and delivering tailored training to students.

“Our project with former oil and gas workers has created an opportunity for people who are willing to learn. Our applicants have developed skills which will allow them to develop a new career, and a new future.”

Douglas Henderson, relationship manager at Bank of Scotland added: “The new barbershop has given James Dun’s House the chance to expand its business and client base.

“With the global market for male grooming growing, Mr Dun’s is an exciting development. We are dedicated to helping businesses to capitalise on new opportunities.

“We worked closely with the management team to ensure they had the tailored support needed to complete the project to the highest possible standard.”

Photo: Douglas Henderson (rear) and Dean Walker (foreground)

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