Sa­lon’s skills academy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily - john.kralevich@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ By JOHN KRALEVICH

HAIR­DRESSER and sa­lon owner Pasky Chiarizia is adding to the skills base in Peter­bor­ough with the launch of the Verso Academy in the city cen­tre.

Pasky and his sis­ter and co-owner of the Verso hair­dressers sa­lon Rosanna Freestone are pro­vid­ing day-long academy cour­ses up­stairs at the West­gate sa­lon, and at the same time rein­vest­ing in their longestab­lished busi­ness.

There are three cour­ses avail­able in 2010 – ad­vanced cut­ting, bar­ber­ing and in­ter­me­di­ate cut­ting, and Pasky is aim­ing to de­velop a ba­sic course for col­lege stu­dents.

“We no­ticed that a num­ber of the big train­ing schools in London had closed down, leav­ing only so-called house­hold names, such as L’Oreal and Wella with their schools,” said Pasky.

“There was an op­por­tu­nity for us to of­fer our ex­per­tise to peo­ple who wanted to learn more about their pro­fes­sion, to up their skills base. I would like to teach all hair­dressers six ba­sic hair­cuts to sa­lon stan­dard.

“The academy was some­thing we al­ways wanted to do, some­thing we were trained to do, but un­til re­cently didn’t have the space.”

Of the academy cour­ses, ad­vanced cut­ting, sched­uled for next month, is suit­able for stylists with at least five years’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

The men’s bar­ber­ing ses­sion takes place in Septem­ber and aims to give con­fi­dence in cut­ting men’s hair, in­clud­ing clip­per work.

In Novem­ber, the in­ter­me­di­ate cut­ting course is for col­lege leavers or team mem­bers need­ing a re­fresher. It is aimed more at pre­ci­sion cut­ting and clas­si­cal tech­niques.

Pasky and Rosanna have a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence, more than 30 years since they started cut­ting hair in their early teens.

Rosanna was a Bri­tish cham­pion twice, at the ages of 16 and 17.

They started in the ’ 70s work­ing for their fa­ther Frank’s busi­ness, Francesco Hair. Fast for­ward to the year 2000 and the sa­lon was re­branded as Verso, in Went­worth Street.

“A new mil­len­nium and time for a new look to the busi­ness,” said Pasky. “It be­came more ser­vice and cus­tomer-ori­en­tated.”

Verso also be­came a 365 Day sa­lon and so trained in the high­est stan­dards of hair­dress­ing as a busi­ness.

Pasky be­came a lec­turer help­ing other sa­lons to run their busi­nesses ef­fi­ciently.

Af­ter 10 years, Verso out­grew the Went­worth Street premises and moved to its cur­rent site in West­gate.

For more de­tails about the cour­ses, visit www.ver­so­

cut­ting edge: Pasky Chiarizia and Rosanna Freestone styling mod­els’ hair at the Verso sa­lon in West­gate, Peter­bor­ough.

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