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Craig Davis - Director of Education

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Francesco Group College Partnerships


Francesco Group will work with your College Team to develop a package to suit your needs and budget.

We work closely with the Further Education sector so we understand the environment many colleges are currently operating in. We do recommend that you take on the full Francesco Group branding and salon design, where affordable, to help boost student recruitment and service standards. However, we would be happy to discuss other options of implementation for colleges that already have servicable hairdressing departments.

Whatever the bespoke implementation plan we jointly decided on, all training will be delivered to the highest standard by our dedicated College Partnership team.

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What a Partnership with
Francesco Group can do for your College

Build Revenue in Your Commercial Hair Salon – We have increased revenue in the commercial hairdressing salons of every college partnerships we have worked with. Since opening in partnership with us in 1998, Walsall College has increased annual turnover from £8,000 to £320,000!

Bring Your Talent to Life – Delivered by our award-winning Creative Team, our CPD Training provides inspirational education from the industry’s finest to implement high industry and commercial standards; motivating your lecturers to provide students with the best possible learning experience. We’ll develop bespoke training plans for all teaching staff to ensure standardised hairdressing skills, at industry standard and empower them to support and develop students to succeed.

Attract, Inspire and Excite Students – We’ll help you deliver inspirational hairdressing training that will attract more students to your course and provide them with the knowledge and the skills to build a successful career. We’ll create a truly realistic working environment for students, a real-life Francesco Group Graduate Salon, which reflects industry standards in every way and will increase Students employability prospects.

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How Does it Work?

As industry experts, with over 48 years experience, we’ll provide a comprehensive support package to help you increase revenue and provide students with an outstanding learning journey no matter which option you chose.

Access to the Francesco Group’s extensive training resources - Including an online portal, classic cutting videos, training methodologies. We believe in our methods so much that all stylists in our 39 high street salons are trained using these tried and tested methods.

Establishment of a Hairdressing Centre of Excellence - Each Francesco Group Academy establishment is a Centre of Excellence, as a partner we will use our salon blue print and dedicated training plans to help you develop your very own, tailored to your college’s needs.

Proven Business and Marketing Plans - Francesco Group have 39 profitable hairdressing salons nationally, 3 Academies of Excellence in Birmingham, Stafford and Poole plus 18 thriving college partnerships. We know what it takes to grow successful businesses.

Bespoke Training Program for all Teaching Staff - We know that the staff in your college will have varied backgrounds and skills. Francesco Group work with and develop individual training plans for each team member designed to motivate, empower and to ensure a standardised skill set across your team.

Implementation of Francesco Group Customer Service Standards - We know that cutting hair fantastically just isn’t enough these days, the whole salon experience from arrival to departure has to be perfect to encourage clients to come back. We’ll provide you with our Customer Service Manual and Training to help you handle every eventuality in the salon.

Master Class Sessions for best performing Students - As a great reward for your best performing Students, we host an inspirational day featuring a guest hairdresser who is at the top of their game. In this motivational session the guest will demonstrate their expertise and share the secrets of their success.

Provision of Francesco Group Branded Imagery and Marketing Portfolio - As a partner of Francesco Group you get access to our luxurious brand and Marketing materials to help your Graduate Salon become a success. You also get to use our branded imagery that is developed by our Creative Team and reflects the up coming trends of the year.

Continual Professional Development sessions for lecturers - At Francesco Group we are completely hands on and we continue to offer training and development opportunities throughout your time as a partner with us. With our dedicated College Partnership team, we are always on hand to offer support and training to all your Lecturers.

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Meet the Team

Our College Partnership Team are the people you’ll see coming into your Colleges to help support the running of your Graduate Salon. They’ll be on hand to:

•  A link between your salon and Francesco Group
•  Develop realist salon targets for students to work to
•  Teach Francesco Group’s Methodology
•  Support Receptionists and Front of House Teams
•  Organise Look and Learn Sessions with Wella Professionals
•  Support Students entering Francesco Group’s Annual Spotlight Awards

Deborah Day – Northern

Debbie has been in the industry since her early teens, working to become a hairdressing teacher and assessor alongside gaining her Wella Master Colour Expert status in 2013. Debbie previously worked with one of Francesco Group’s College Partnerships for six years, when the opportunity arose to become part of the Group she jumped at the chance to join! Debbie now supports our Northern colleges and is passionate about all areas of hairdressing, her experience and knowledge of working as part of a college partnership makes her a fantastic asset to your team.

Linsey Toon – Midlands

Linsey joined Francesco Group in 1996 and has worked in a variety of roles, including Senior Stylist in salon, as and Educator and Assessor, as part of our Work Based Learning Team and Manager of our Stafford Academy. Linsey knows Francesco Group inside out and loves her current role supporting our College Partnerships.

Rachel Hunt – Southern

Rachel has been a hairdresser for over 15 years, working as a Trainer and Assessor whilst running a successful column as a Senior Stylist. She then joined Banbury College, one of Francesco Group’s College Partnerships as the Graduate Salon Manager, in February 2016 she was offered the chance to join Francesco Group and look after our Southern College Partnerships, she really enjoys her role and working with the individual colleges within our network.

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Greg Corbett – Franchisee, Francesco Group Shrewsbury

My Journey into hairdressing began back in 1998, where I started my Hairdressing Education at Walsall College, who were working in partnership with Francesco Group. From day one on the course, I just knew it was the best choice I had ever made. The experience I gained from this course gave me a strong desire that really set me up for the future. I still use the skills, experience and knowledge learnt at the very beginning of my hairdressing journey.

Roll on the year 2000 and I was introduced to the Founder of Francesco Group, Frank Dellicompagni. He handpicked me to work at the Francesco Group Wolverhampton salon, this was a pivotal point in my career. Working in the salon environment at the college was a great starting point for me and set me up for working in a real salon. I qualified as a Stylist and earned a distinction on Francesco Group’s Finishing School, the highest possible grade, and then went on to win Stylist of the Year at the Francesco Group in-house awards for three consecutive years! – What a whirlwind!

Fast forward to 2009 and I joined the Francesco Group salon in Newport, I was able to learn the management side of running a salon here and shadowed the Franchisee. It was at this point that I enrolled on the FG management programme which made the person I am today – I even won Delegate of the Year!

In 2010 I took over the franchisee at Francesco Group Knowle, I’d learnt a lot from all of my experience with Francesco Group has set me up for this new challenge and the had endless opportunities for me to grow as a manager and build my team. After Knowle I moved on the Francesco Group salon in Birmingham and I am now the proud owner of Francesco Group Shrewsbury.

My entire journey with Francesco Group has been one of fantastic learning and all of the very early lessons I learnt whist studying at Walsall College have enabled me to have great success in my career now.

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Emily Harding – Current Level 3 Student with Stafford College

I’ve always wanted to be a hairdresser and it felt like the natural route for me to take after leaving high school, when I found out I’d been offered a place on Stafford College’s Hairdressing Course in conjunction with Francesco Group, I was thrilled!

I’ve really enjoyed the course so far and can’t wait to get my teeth into Level 3! On my level 2 course, I’ve really loved how the course is structured and the busy atmosphere of the salon, the experienced has made me believe I’ll be able to work well in a salon when I’ve competed my studies. The Course has been really well balanced with equal sessions of workshops, theory and hands on work in the academy salon.

The educators have been brilliant; they’re very knowledgeable and easy to approach if I’ve struggled with anything. On my level 3 course, I’m excited to start working more creatively. Learning the classics on my last course has really given me a great foundation to start building my skills on.

In the future I plan to start working in a salon and build my confidence up and then open my own salon. I also have aspirations to enter industry competitions and I hope that the high standard of my education will be a fantastic building block for this!

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Why we started the College Partnership Provision

Francesco Dellicompagni

In the early 1960’s I left school and embarked into my hairdressing education at the local Mining and Technical College, I remember feeling so excited to gather hands on experience through practical sessions and experimentation, unfortunately I remember learning outdated techniques and endless hours of theory. I completed my course out of respect for my parents but all I learned here was how not to inspire youngsters, I knew that if I ever had the opportunity to make a difference to training I would!

Fast forward to 1998, I had now built Francesco Group up to 25 salons across the heart of England and had a respected and thriving Apprenticeship programme. I was asked to help develop Walsall College’s Hairdressing Course. This was it; this was my chance to change education, to make it everything it wasn’t for me!

We turned college education and theory on its head! It’s really important to have the theory of how to do a haircut or to dress hair but to learn using your hands in a real life salon situation is simply the best! We created a functioning salon inside the College offering discounted services, we trained all staff members to Francesco Group standards and implemented targets for learners to achieve.

Almost 20 years on we still work with Walsall College and have expanded the College Partnership programme to 13 colleges. It’s such an achievement to think so many students are getting a great experience and will go on to be fantastic hairdressers.

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Spotlight Awards

The Spotlight Awards is an annual competition that brings our college network together and highlights the great talent we have within. The competition is open to any student studying Hairdressing at any one of our College Partnerships and Students are encouraged to enter as part of their learning.

There are 3 heats:

Part 1 - In-College Photographic Heat

Each Student enters a photograph of their model their lecturers judge these in-college, the top 15 images are then entered into the second heat.

Part 2 - Francesco Group Photographic Heat

Each college can enter their 15 top 15 photos and Francesco Group’s Creative Team judges these, one winning image is selected from the college’s submitted images.

Part 3 - Live Heat and Final

The winner is then invited to the Grand Final, where they spend the day recreating their winning image and present it on stage to a panel of judges from Francesco Group.

The winner receives:

•  A Francesco Group Spotlight Winners Trophy
•  A 3 day Hairdressing Course with Francesco Group’s Advanced Educators
   (Travel and Accommodation included)
•  Two Tickets to Francesco Group’s Annual Awards Ceremony

This year the Spotlight event was held at Walsall College and was judged by former Midlands Hairdresser of the Year and Franchisee of Francesco Group Hanley, Jackie Crosby along with Matt Roskill, Creative Director of Francesco Group Weeping Cross.

Winner  -  Nicole Perry from Stafford College

2nd Place  -  Kirsty Collins from Grimsby Institute

3rd Place  -  Adrian Haywood from Landrillo College

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