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Congratulations Grads

A massive Congratulations to this group of students who graduated at The Deep End Training Academy from their various courses last night.
It was fantastic to see you all again and to catch up on your progress since completing your ITEC qualifications.
A fantastic night was had by all celebrated with family and friends with a special guest appearance by TV ‘s Salon Confidential, Celebrity hairdresser Nigel Kenny.

There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into pulling off a celebration like this and I’d like to thank the following people for all of their help and support prior to and during the event.

Each student recieved a professional photograph from @Paul and Karen Playford Photography.
Danielle Coppack catered to their refreshment needs.
My mum, @Nell mai O Grady dressed the students in their gowns and hats.
Breda O Grady prepared all the snacks.
Damian Goad & Denis Kelliher helped with setting up the venue.
Martin Sutcliffe provided the MC & DJ Equipment.
Kori Goad took all the social media photos.

But the most important people of all were the graduates.
These guys took a risk by embarking on their chosen courses:
Most of them were working in totally different careers prior to taking up a hairdressing or barbering or fitness course;
Some of them had been out of the industry for years and needed refresher courses to build up their confidence;
Some of them were straight out of school and chose hairdressing as their career;
Some were already working in the industry and needed upskilling or to improve their confidence in a particular area.

All of them had to commit to attending classes for 4-6 months.
All of them had to invest in their new skill.
All of them had to overcome personal/financial/logistical obstacles to complete their course.
All of them had to pass rigorous practical and theoretical assessments.
All of them had to work so hard to achieve this qualification so last night was a celebration of you guys and all that went into you achieving this.

Congratulations to you all and its ” Hats Off To You “!

Celebrity Hairdresser, Nigel Kenny

It was an absolute honour to have Celebrity Hairdresser Nigel Kenny as our guest speaker at last night’s graduation.

Nigel is a multi-award winning hairdresser, a salon owner and business mentor, a Matrix Global Artist and most popularly


known from TV series Salon Confidential!

I have the pleasure of calling Nigel my friend and have worked alongside him many times in my time as a Matrix educator.

Last night he spoke of his journey into hairdressing, overcoming your fears to experience elation, keeping your hobbies and maintaining a good work/life balance, and “listening to the Lion within and not the sheep surrounding you”.

Nigel is so inspiring and motivating which made him the perfect choice to speak at our graduation and all the students were buzzing as he


took time to chat to everyone and stepped in for a photo when asked.

Everyone said he was so down to earth and approachable and I have to agree, Nigel is and always has been primarily a hairdresser and all his successes and fame has never changed that.

Thank you so much Nigel for being our guest, it was great to catch up and I’m looking forward with anticipation to seeing what’s next on your journey.


Welcome James Dennison

We are delighted to welcome James Dennison, Vocational Rehabilitation Evaluator, to our team here in The Deep End Academy.

His training and experience is designed to assist people with disabilities, health conditions or disadvantage to achieve their work goal in life.
If you have a special need that is holding you back from up skilling and gaining qualifications, don’t let it stop you from jumping in the Deep End with us.
Let our team of professionals help you achieve your goals.

We are a dual accredited training centre

We are now a Dual Accredited Training Centre, having just received approval From VTCT to offer their qualifications alongside our existing ITEC Qualifications.

This means we will be offering an even more extensive range of courses in Hair, Beauty & Fitness sector.
We will be updating our website in the new year with these exciting new course choices so stay tuned.