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A training academy for hairdressers is having its style crimped by a fall in numbers.

The Leslie Frances academy has placed hundreds of apprentice stylists in hands-on training schemes at South Yorkshire salons over 25 years.

“Every year we have more 16-25 year-olds than we have places for. This year, it’s a different story,” said Denise Childs, co-owner. “We think many who want a career in hairdressing are being channelled into college courses instead.

“College courses are excellent but we know that many young people are ready to be in the workplace - and that the experience they get from working in a real salon as they are studying is invaluable. It makes them highly employable.”

Apply at or the Leslie Frances salons in Sheffield’s Fargate and Barnsley’s Eldon Street before July 11.