Apprenticeship Open Evening - Tuesday 7 February, 4.30-7pm

Russell Walsh

Courses Taken:
Level 2 Barbering
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School:
Part Time
Profession:
Owner of Directors Cutz
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The College has always been a great place for learning resources, I’ve always enjoyed going into College even though I wasn’t ever academically inclined. Whenever I’ve needed to gain any qualifications in my life, LMC has always ticked all the boxes.


If you’re local to Lancaster & Morecambe, you’ll probably know Russell Walsh from his 17 years of running the family-owned business, Pott’s Pies. That is until two years ago when Russell realised he wanted to change his career and start a business within an entirely different industry.  

Over the duration of his career Russell learnt that he loved customer service, working with his hands and being in a positive environment, so, he weighed up his options and decided to study a Part Time Barbering course at Lancaster & Morecambe College (LMC).  

Choosing LMC was the logical solution for Russell because this wasn’t the first his wasn’t the first course he’d studied at the College, from retaking his GCSEs in the 1980s to training for qualifications in the catering industry including Basic & Intermediate Health Hygiene, Personal License Holder & National Certificate for Licensees, Russell already had a wide range of qualifications under his belt.

The College has always been a great place for learning resources, I’ve always enjoyed going into College even though I wasn’t ever academically inclined. 

Whenever I’ve needed to gain any qualifications in my life, LMC has always ticked all the boxes.

 When asked what advice he would give to adults who are considering a change in career, Russell commented:  

Listen to your heart... If you don’t try it, you will only regret it. I’ve gone from owning a catering business with a few shops and 30+ staff, which is great, to learning something completely new. You’re never too old to change your mind.

Amongst many other small businesses being challenged by a global pandemic, Russell describes his biggest accomplishment as being able to open the front door of Directors Cutz and invite clients to have their hair cut. He advised: 

Be careful if you’re starting a new business in this climate. Find your market, find your customers, do your homework and gain the skills you need. Every business starts with somebody laying the foundations and learning the business inside out. A business is a child that never grows up, but ultimately it is the most satisfying thing to be your own boss.

If you're looking for change in career and need to update your skills, or you want to learn something new for fun or personal development, browse LMC's Part Time provision today. All courses are designed to work around your lifestyle, commitments and pace of learning. 

Can't find the course you're looking for? We're always looking to expand our Part Time offer, so let us know which courses you'd like to study at Lancaster & Morecambe College and we'll get back to you with specific updates.