Iconic clipper company Andis has partnered with British education guru Mike Taylor to train two unqualified barbers to NVQ Level 3

Creating the nextgen of top quality barbering professionals is top of mind for barbershops up and down the UK and now two new starters will get a VIP journey to a brilliant career thanks to Andis. Andis is giving back to the craft with the first Andis Nation UK Barber Scholarship programme, launching at Barber Connect on 1st June. Two winning applicants will each receive free training from Mike Taylor Education to accelerate their career progression from an unqualified barber to NVQ Level 3. Entry couldn’t be easier, just scroll down and follow the links.

Bruce Bock, Andis Corporate Communications: “Our goal is to aid aspiring barbers on their journey toward a successful career in the men’s grooming industry. The Andis Nation UK Barber Scholarship program is an amazing opportunity for aspiring talents to achieve qualification and increase their skills and career prospects. We’re excited to partner with Mike Taylor whose reputation as a master barber and educator is second to none.”

Applicants will be judged by a panel of men’s grooming experts from Andis. Judging criteria will include submitting essays on your motivation to become a barber, community involvement and previous work experience or transferable skills applicable to the industry.

Applications are to be completed online at: Deadline to submit all applications for the scholarship is 1st July and winners will be announced July 26th. See contest rules here


Andis and Mike Taylor have designed the Andis Nation Scholarship training programme to fast-track individuals to NVQ Level 3. Each unit has theory and practical elements that both need to be completed to achieve the qualification. Theory assignments will be sent via email and are required to be completed remotely prior to the in-person training and assessments. Each winner also receives an assortment of Andis professional tools and a Mike Taylor Education Barbering Resource Book to assist with assignments. Master Barber Mike Taylor: “This is a fantastic opportunity to achieve NVQ Level 3 qualification, which is the highest you can get. It will boost your skills and your career, so enter now and you could be the next big name in barbering!”

The training curriculum the two winners receive is five days of in-person training and assessment on:

  1. Haircutting
  2. Beard Trimming
  3. Shaving
  4. Consultation
  5. Pattern work
  6. Reception
  7. Photo shoot

Note: Winners selected will be responsible for transportation to the Mike Taylor academy located at MIKE TAYLOR EDUCATION, 26 Wimborne Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2BU.