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6 Wimborne Road
Poole, Dorset, BH15 2BU
United Kingdom

01202 649100

The UK's elite Barbering College based in Poole, Dorset; offering a wide range of qualifications from the most respected barbers in the business (including NVQ Levels 2 & 3)


Testimonials | Mike Taylor Education

Read our testimonials and find out why Mike Taylor Education is one of the UK's leading Barber Training Schools.



Mike has a fantastic proven track record with everyone who has been on his courses. Read Mike's testimonials to see why so many people choose to book their training with him.


A lot of good skills learned today! You’re the best!!
— Jolanda van Bruggen
Fantastic teacher, makes you feel so welcome will definitely recommend xxxx
— Cherish Smith
Top barbering training highly recommend
— Dan Harris
Couldn’t be any happier with the training! Best experience ever! Thanks a lot mike!!
— Bob Trott
Absolutely fantastic! Top guy and really patient when it comes to explaining how to better your skills!
— Michael Kenny Thornton
Had a brilliant time at the barbering demo evening. Leaning lots of new styles and techniques. Would highly recommend.
— Shirley Joy
Have leant so much during my training can’t wait to use the skills that I have developed thanks again mike
— Blake Rose
Thanks for today Mike!! I learned a lot and you were so helpful! Cheers!
— Amanda Besson
Great teacher hope to be in the shop more in the future! Thanks again
— Louis Glover
Completed the fade and shave course today.Brilliant Training Top man. Very relaxed atmosphere . Came away a very happy lady. Thanks again Mike Taylor.
— Kathryn Evans
Really enjoyed Mikes demonstration on Monday evening. Very informative. Thank you for showing and sharing your skills. Kindest regards..Leigh Richardson. x
— Leigh Richardson
Really great intro to barbering day with Mike. He clearly has alot of knowledge and is a professional.
— Andy Towell
Loved every bit of it! Thank you so much for this fun day!
— Sue Soussain
Great experience Mike taught me so much and gave me so much confidence will always be grateful
— Ruth Moon
Top training methods ,great guy ,great trainer ,great group ,perfect learning ,great place
— Peter Bathie
Mike Taylor has been in the industry for 25 years, teaching barbering NVQ’s for 10 years. Who ever he teaches gets a job in a barbershop. If you are taught by Mike you will be 100 percent happy with your experience.
— Barberman Taylor
Love it there, such a great learning environment, great group of people and I would defiantly recommend it to anyone thinking of becoming a barber
— Jonny Fernee
Great Educator with Excellent Knowledge!!👌🏼
— Heidi Natalie Reid
At Charlie Brown Academy we had a fantastic day with Mike. Brilliant presentation followed by great demonstrations. The team were glad to get their hands on their models in the afternoon and were absolutely buzzing from what they had learned. Thanks Mike!
— Laura-Jayne Clifford
Love the training can’t wait to have my qualification couldn’t recommend enough ! Learn from the best ladies and gents!
— Natalie Jeneson
The best barber college around! I would, one hundred percent recommend to anyone who wants to become a skilled barber! Coming from no experience they have shown me so much, built up my confidence and helped me progress at a comfortable rate!
— Dean Pudney
Had a wet shave course with Mike. Very detailed and great day. He made me feel very relaxed and the team were very welcoming. Got what I wanted and more out of the day. Thank you
— Roxi Zoe Veal
Really good set up where you learn in a working barbershop environment, and great teachers, highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to peruse a career in barbering!
— Michael Delahaye
Mike is honestly amazing!! Come to our salon today and the girls & I couldn’t off been any happier. Pleasure being taught by someone who you can clearly see has a passion. So pleased with my training today! Thank you!!
— Sophie Nixon
Only 8 months through my year course with Mike and, as someone with no previous experience cutting hair, every week my confidence with doing a good haircut grows. Mondays have now become the highlight of my week
— Isaac Bond
Today myself and our Apprentice from Maria Amey salons in merley went to the demo night with Mike and found it very interesting the way he blended the sides was excellent. as that is one thing I find hard. Also it opened our eyes up to what else there is out there our apprentice Ali enjoyed it as well and wanting to start her barbering once she has completed her hair dressing. Thankyou again Mike for a fab night. :)
— Abigail Dean
I really enjoyed my apprenticeship at Mikes barber college. All the staff were really friendly and helpful. The college has a nice atmosphere to learn in and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is thinking about learning with them!
— Megan Bottomley
Mike was brilliant with our cpd . We have to get him back . PGL training Exeter rates Mike 100%!!!
— June Tomley
Easily one of the most fun days I’ve had, Mike was an absolute gem and taught me and Michael (fellow trainee/current friend) the basics of each barbering technique and advice on how to get in to this profession. Can’t recommend him enough.
— Jake Hobbs
Helped me so much with my barbering career, gave me the confidence and qualifications I needed to get a job! Loved every cut I did along side mike.
— Connor Giorgi
Just finished a NVQ shaving course with Mike and can’t speak highly enough for him and the guys. Being a slightly older student (33 + being a barber for the last 16 years) I was a little unsure what to expect. Well I was overwhelmed by how friendly and helpful he was and how relaxed you feel with him. He showed me so much, plus taught me all techniques and got me confident with a razor quickly. I leave his college feeling ready to take this service to my shop. Couldn’t recommend ‘Mike Taylor Education’ enough. A must of anyone wanting to learn the art of shaving. A*
— John Hewitt
Best Barber school and college around all uk,professional team will teach you everything what you need for be a professional Barber,Mike Taylor his the most professional Barber and teacher !!!
— Luigi Caterino
Would highly recommend this course, I have learnt so much over the year! It is great because Mike adapts his training to your level weather you have skills already and looking to improve or starting with no experience! Looking forward to starting my level 3!!
— Emma Probyn
Over 11 years ago I was one of Mikes first students, I now own many shops with Mike and work along side him sharing our Barbering knowledge.
— Hannah Grigg

Highly recommend coming here to train to become a barber, staff are all really lovely and helpful! Wouldn’t have wanted to go anywhere else!
— Vicky Robson
Mike Taylor has taught me so much in one year while studying for a NVQ. I have gone from a complete novice of never using scissors or clippers to being in a full time barbering job. Without his guidance and knowledge this never would of been possible. Mike has a very strong team around him all with fantastic knowledge and an appetite to make you be the best barber you can possibly be. Mike and his team are all great teachers but most importantly they are all lovely people and will make you feel very welcome and at easy while you learn your new trade. I would fully recommend any of Mike Taylor education courses.
— Ross Walker
Absolutely fantastic course did the ten week intensive course and Mike Hannah Emily Lisa and Jen were fantastic, it says a lot for the dedication to the students and the standard they teach when the owner who is a professional barber will let students practise on his hair and beard! Worth every penny could not recommend them high enough. Tailor each course to each individual’s ability and speed so you are never held back or pushed to complete too fast. A novice to hairdressing they got me through in record time and I have a job set up already as they take personal interest in not only training you for a new career but actually getting you your first step in the door. Thank you so much!!!
— Claire Pierce-Meggison
I have now had three of my stylist come to Mike and what an amazing outcome. The stylists have all become confident barbers to work along side there ladies hairdressing
Thank you Mike. Xxx
— Hayley Slade
I had a great year at the Mike Taylor education college learning my new trade, all the teachers are supportive and have a very high standard of barbering skills the college has a very friendly and informal atmosphere which is conductive to learn in as there is no unneeded stress or tension. Students of all ages and backgrounds come together and gel due to their mutual passion for barbering and wanting to learn and there is very much a feeling of everyone who is there wants to be there. After being rewarded my NVQ level 2 in barbering i now work full time in a thriving shop which has enabled me to further develop the techniques and skills of the trade learnt from Mike while earning a comfortable living which in the end is the ultimate goal of any qualification. I would recommend Mike Taylor Education to anyone with passion and drive who want to get their foot in the door of the barbering trade and fully submerse themselves in the perfect learning opportunity.

Plus if you can sneak it past the misses a quick beer in the social club after college with the guys is a great way to finish the day :)
— Michael Thomas
Mike and his team are all brilliant! So friendly and awesome at what they do! I learnt so much from mike today! Definitely recommend them if your interested in barbering! Thank you!!
— Bex Hickman
FANTASTIC AWESOME FUN. I completed a 5 day barbering course. I have gained practical experience whilst in a real barbershop environment. Mike and the team’s passion kept me motivated and inspired whilst I was learning. The result of the course has left me feeling confident and competent with my new skills.
Thank you all very much.
— Nina Marie
Attended a clipper confidence course today and really enjoyed it. Lots of helpful tips and advice plus a manual to read at home. A very friendly learning/working enviroment and i felt comfortable enough to ask questions. I had plently of practice on customers doing a variety of styles. I would definately recommend courses with Mike.
— Sarah Adam
Did some training with Mike a few years ago and the advice he gave me in the short time I spent with him helped and still helps me in my career today. Anyone looking into any barbering courses should 100% put trust into Mike. You’re never fully qualified and there’s always something to learn. Hope our paths cross again to learn more from you
— Bethan Brennan
I’ve just completed a two day mens shaving and grooming course. I really enjoyed it. Mike’s training college has such a relaxed atmosphere that you feel at ease and have the confident to ask any questions. The whole team helped with great advice for all sorts. Special thanks to Mike, Emily and Lee for a really enjoyable couple of days. I would recommend this college to everyone.
— Sharon Eyre
It’s really difficult for to put into words how amazing it is and how much I enjoyed my time here. Before even meeting me and before I even started my 10 week course I have had nothing short of amazing help! From helping me with my accommodation troubles to teaching and educating to the highest level! I will miss spending my days with all the guys Mike, Emily, Jen, Lee, Lexi, Lisa, Hannah, Ian and Tracy. All so knowledgeable and talented and always willing to help and pass on their knowledge and skills. If anyone I thinking about taking any course here I couldn’t recommend highly enough... It’s a must to go here! Cheers for everything guys.
— Lee Cowley
I have just completed my first trial day at another barbershop today as a fully fledged barber & the owner was really impressed & over the moon with my competency for a newly qualified barber. I owe it all to the high standard of teaching, support & encouragement from all of the tutors & assessors at Mike Taylor Education. I can’t recommend the academy highly enough. Working in a real life, walk in barbershop for 10 weeks, 5 days a week, meant that my trial today didn’t phase me one bit as the chairs filled up & it showed in the feedback from my new boss today. The 5 hour commute each week from Cheshire was certainly worth it. I would recommend this course & the academy to anybody who is thinking about becoming a barber, their knowledge & enthusiasm makes you want to be the best you can possibly be, it was a massive highlight of my year being down in Poole. Thank you so much to Mike & the team, you’re all amazing.
— Kelly Brammer
Just wanted to say I really enjoyed the barbering course with you, I got plenty of ideas to use when delivering my course this term. Would love to have you come back in some time, if you have any info which could help me in deliver the course in an interesting way please forward to me.
— Caroline
I went on a short Barbering course with Mike Taylor and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the course I felt I had gained confidence and picked up techniques much quicker than I expected I liked the fact that Mike could work out what level I was on therefore I was not held back I could work at my own pace and any questions I had I got the answers straight away I would highly recommend anyone who is considering taking up Barbering to join Mike Taylor’s Barbering course he has helped in so many ways and been so helpful he has always gone the extra mile for his students a wonderful teacher trainer I highly recommend Mike Taylor.
— Maria Pawlyszyn from Knight & Taylor Barber Shop
After being out of the barber trade for a few years I decided on the Hairdresser to Barber course to refresh my skills. It’s an excellent course and a highly enjoyable 3 days. Hannah and Mike are excellent trainers with a huge breadth of knowledge. Combining theory and practical training in a working Barber shop rather than a classroom is excellent for getting a feel for the barbering environment.
— Ersan Ruso
Hannah and Mike have designed a very useful course teaching hairdressers the fundamentals of barbering. Clipper skills are the main focus, and we were introduced to recommended tools and how to use and take care of them. The real barbershop setting for the course was a useful introduction to the environment and set-up of this type of business. Having live models for haircuts rather than mannequin heads (as has happened on other barbering courses) meant that we could be guided through issues like tricky hairlines, bumps/scars, outlining and beard shaping. Overall, Hannah and Mike were friendly and knowledgeable instructors, and the time in Poole was well worth it. I’ve since made a successful move into barbering and am enjoying it a lot.
— Candice, Red Scissors, Camden London
I recently completed a One Day Introduction to Barbering with Mike Taylor. The course provided me with a fantastic opportunity to update and refresh my cutting skills, under Mike’s guidance and expertise. Having discussed my previous Hairdressing experience, and what I hoped to achieve from the course, Mike very kindly adapted the tuition to suit my particular requirements. Progressing from model heads to clients, I was able to practice a variety of different cutting techniques, with Mike on hand, to offer advice, and guide me confidently through the day. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day in the salon, with Mike and his team. And will certainly be recommending the course, to my other Make-up Artists, looking to refresh and improve their Barbering skills”. Thanks so much again.
— Linzi