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Josh Rees-Hole

Working with the Rich and Famous

Vocational qualifications have paved the way to a glittering career for former ISA apprentice Josh Rees-Hole who now counts the rich and famous among his clients.

Josh, 26, is now a director in the elite team at Urban Retreat, the salon at the world famous Harrods store in London and works on glamorous photoshoots and fashion shows.

He is held in such high esteem that clients, including members of foreign royal families and celebrities, fly in from around the world to have their hair styled by him.

He has recently returned to the salon after taking a year out to work in Brazil where he learnt new colouring techniques. He hopes to continue globetrotting in the future, working for clients he has met at Urban Retreat.

His ambition is to open a chain of hair salons in all the UK’s main cities, including Cardiff, to launch a range of branded hair products and to pass on his passion for training to the next generation of hairdressers.

His route to stardom began at The Hair Business, Cowbridge, where he discovered a flair for hairdressing after originally planning to enter the police force. 2009 proved a pivotal year for him as he was named Wales’ Modern Apprenticeship Learner of the Year, was selected to represent Great Britain in the British Youth Hairdressing Team and was the overall winner of Salon Cymru, the nation’s premier hair and beauty event.

He has not looked back since achieving his apprenticeship with ISA. A strong advocate of vocational qualifications and work-based learning, Josh said: “Vocational Qualifications are so important because they are the foundation of your career. You need to understand what you are doing before you have the confidence to execute the skills you have learned.

“I have been lucky to work in some very good salons but I have also worked my butt off to get where I am. You must have that passion and focus to develop. To me, the personality and drive you have are foremost.”