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27/03/2015 12:54

Jack Howard Takes the Balayage Revolution to Denmark

Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds, international hair colourist to the likes of Gillian Anderson, Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, has taken his Balayage Revolution course overseas to Denmark for the first time
27/03/2015 12:14

Wedding Hair Masterclass With milk_shake Bridal Expert Sev Hubert

Sev Hubert of the Hepburn Collection ( is, quite simply, one of the most respected and sought after wedding hairstylists in the UK. He is also a Wedding Industry Award (TWIA) Judge
27/03/2015 11:42

Nigel Kenny Receives Matrix Artistic Recognition

Local business owner, Nigel Kenny of Hair by Nigel & Co recently received a major industry award in Budapest at a lavish gala attended by hundreds of hair professionals from all over the world
26/03/2015 15:55

Images Hair & Beauty Welcome New Trainees

Busy contemporary salon, Images Hair & Beauty in Retford has recently welcomed two new trainees to its highly-skilled and talented team
24/03/2015 11:19

Volunteers Needed to Shape the Future

Schwarzkopf Professional is looking for volunteers to train young people in Jordan as part of the Shaping Futures team
23/03/2015 09:45

Code Hair Consultants Score a Hat Trick of Nominations at The English Hair & Beauty Awards

With thousands of entries submitted, Code Hair Consultants in Oulton Broad is once again overjoyed to be in the final for the 2015 English Hair and Beauty Awards, going for a hat trick win with three nominations
19/03/2015 16:11

MONTIBELLO unveils TREAT NATURTECH: The First Hair Care Range Based on Tricho.Nutrition

Recognising that just like the body, hair needs to have all of its nutritional needs covered to remain healthy, Spanish hair care experts MONTIBELLO have unveiled the new TREAT NATURTECH range 
17/03/2015 12:27

Keratin Complex’s New ‘Intelligent Blow-Dry’

Keratin Complex, the professional beauty leader in smoothing treatments, hair colour and styling products, is reinventing the salon client experience once again with its newest service; Intelligent Blow-Dry
17/03/2015 11:48

Simon Webster Hair is Finalists in the 2015 Mizani Afro Look Award 2015

Local Hairdresser Patrick Matthews from Simon Webster Hair in Brighton, is one of only eight hairdressers throughout the UK to reach the final of the sought after Mizani Afro Look Award 
17/03/2015 11:26

Simon Webster Hair are Announced as Finalists in this Year’s English Hair and Beauty Awards

Thousands of nominations flooded in from across the country in a race to be crowned the best in the hair and beauty industry, following an online campaign to discover the specialists that clients really appreciate and recommend
17/03/2015 11:07

Simon Webster Hair Takes One Step Closer to Winning another National Award

Local salon, Simon Webster Hair in Brighton has won a place at the Southern Regional Finals of the hairdressing industry’s most fashion-led live hairdressing competition, the L’Oréal Colour Trophy 2015, which will take place on 21st April at the London Royal Agricultural Halls
17/03/2015 10:15

Go big or go home!

Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Session Label has two new volume boosting styling products joining the line up that are already loved by session stylists
12/03/2015 16:36

KeraStraight Names Hype Coiffure as Afro Hair Ambassadors

Hype Coiffure, who is renowned for their specialist expertise, will now work alongside KeraStraight over the coming year to produce tutorials demonstrating the transformative effects of KS Ultimate......
12/03/2015 15:48

Ciente Finalize in the Hair Awards

The Hair Awards, the only consumer and industry tested awards of its kind in the UK, is back for 2015. With some positive changes to ‘The Cut’ section of the awards, including more categories in the Regional Salon Award, and both female and male categories for ‘I Want That Hair’.......
12/03/2015 10:54

Number 40 are Finalists in Prestigious National Awards

The team at Number 40 on Chichester’s Southgate are celebrating, as they’re through to this year’s finals of the English Hair and Beauty Awards
12/03/2015 10:19

Keratin Complex Hosts International Summit

Keratin Complex, the professional beauty leader in smoothing treatments, hair colour and styling products, welcomed guests from its global markets to Boca Raton, Florida for their 2015 International Summit
11/03/2015 15:35

Perfectly Posh Hair Finalize in the English Hair and Beauty Awards

With thousands of entries submitted, it is Perfectly Posh Hair that has been shortlisted in the ‘Hair salon of the Year’ and ‘Best team and Service’ category. Perfectly Posh will find out if they will be crowned winners at the glamorous ceremony being held in Manchester
11/03/2015 15:12

Browns Partners with Windle & Moodie Haircare

Nelson Brown is the force behind one of the fastest growing hair salons in Scotland, Browns; the place to find hair perfection. Nelson and his hand-picked, expertly and personally trained team, bring inspiration and creativity to hair, and aim to consistently bring fashion-forward ideas, keeping clients updated with the current hair trends and constantly educating
11/03/2015 14:37


On now at Somerset House is a series of portraits by photographer Mr Elbank in which all of the subjects sport a beard. Featuring over 80 images exhibited for the first time and exploring the art of grooming, the show will celebrate the enduring beard trend which has exploded across the world
09/03/2015 15:34

Non-Stop Success for Sharni White

Sharni White of Soul Urban Style in Retford has been reaping the rewards for all her hard work, winning award nominations, finalist positions, training courses and industry recognition
09/03/2015 10:38

NI Hairdresser of the Year Continues Success as Finalist in Irish Hairdressing Business Awards

Newtownards based hairdresser and Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year, Sharon Malcolm, proprietor of Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing, has just been announced as a finalist in five categories of the prestigious Schwarzkopf Irish Hairdressing Business (IHB) Awards
09/03/2015 09:20

Hairven Salon Finalize for Another National Award!

Thousands of nominations flooded in from across the country in a race to be crowned the best in the hair and beauty industry
06/03/2015 12:44

Mango Love Hair Flex Their Wella Muscles

Mango Love Hair in Durham has been flexing their colour muscles of late, with new colour degrees, awards and training under their belt.
04/03/2015 09:15

A Jammin’ Way to Drum Up Hospice Funds

A limited edition seven inch single with two newly recorded songs originally written by The Jam’s Paul Weller and Steve Brookes was launched at the 100 Club, Oxford Street, London on February 20th, followed by ‘Wake Up Woking’ in its sixth year on February 21st at the HG Wells Suite
03/03/2015 12:00

All the Fun of the (Wedding) Fair for Kink Hair Salon

Laura Tester and her talented team at Kink Hair Salon were in attendance at The National Wedding Show, held at Olympia, London
03/03/2015 11:21

Milk_shake Creative Team Member, Shelley Pengilly Collaborates with Wonderful Life

Last weekend saw the milk_shake Creative Art Team collaborate with hair and beauty supplier, Wonderful Life, Southampton to exhibit The Femme/Homme collection. The team took the collection on a figurative journey around the world, creating looks inspired by London, Paris, New York and Tokyo
03/03/2015 10:43

#LetItRain with Cloud Nine

All clients want beautiful hair, so why should the weather stand in their way? Beautiful, head turning locks can’t always wait for the sun to shine, which is why hair innovators Cloud Nine are encouraging everyone to join them in taking on the storm and embracing their mantra, #LetItRain!
03/03/2015 09:55

Darren Ambrose Leads the Hair Team at Gyunel for LFW

Kicking off the first day of London Fashion Week, and with a FROW including the likes of Ella Eyre (who also took part in the show), Millie Mackintosh, Mary Charteris and Donna Air, Darren Ambrose was enlisted for the second consecutive season to lead the Wella Professionals hair team for the Gyunel A/W 15 show
26/02/2015 14:31

Paul Edmonds Creates BRITS Red Carpet Looks

After storming the Grammy’s, Sam Smith returned to the UK and last night stole the show at the BRIT Awards 2015, winning both ‘British Breakthrough Artist’ and the covetable ‘Global Success Award’
26/02/2015 14:04

milk_shake Art Team Collaborate for Concept Showcase

Organised by UK Education Manager Josie Deex, the milk_shake Art Team recently took to the stage for a presentation of the latest creative concepts from the milk_shake brand at an EASI hair supplies event in Essex
25/02/2015 13:19

Siobhan Baynes Creates On-Trend Braids for Mary Charteris

Mary Charteris showed off her fashion credentials last night whilst DJ’ing at the Elle Style Awards, by rocking her half-up half-down do, beautifully created by Siobhan Baynes, Senior Stylist at Paul Edmonds, Knightsbridge
24/02/2015 15:55

Code Red Hair Gather Support for Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance

Sarah Ayonmike and her compassionate team at Code Red Hair are generating support and awareness for a young patient suffering with Neuroblastoma
24/02/2015 15:00

Jack Howard Announces Trademark and Releases Dates For Balayage Revolution Classes

Official colourist to Next Model Management and widely credited with bringing Balayage to the UK, Jack Howard’s education has proved so popular he’s now trademarked ‘Balayage by Jack Howard’ for education and application of hair wefts
24/02/2015 14:18

Enzorosario Join the UNITE Education Team at Hair Pro

On Sunday 22nd February, Enzorosario stylist, Betty, joined the UNITE Education Team in presenting a new collection to a busy audience at Hair Pro - a new event held at Professional Beauty, Excel, London
24/02/2015 09:38

The Hairbank is Putting Urmston on the Map!

Working her way up in the hairdressing industry and putting home town Urmston firmly on the map, Ria Kulik, top stylist at The Hairbank, is a finalist for the third time in a row in the UK Extensionist of the Year
19/02/2015 10:30

Salon System Wows With New Naturalash Makeover

Brand leader’s in professional beauty, Salon System has kick started the new year with an innovative refresh of its extensive lash category
17/02/2015 14:48

Links Hair Therapy Participate in Great Ormond Street’s Bad Hair Day

Links Hair Therapy in West Malling, Kent showed off their Bad Hair Day in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s fundraiser
13/02/2015 15:42

Introducing Schwarzkopf Professional’s Young Artistic Team

Schwarzkopf Professional is very proud to present the latest styling stars of the 2015 Young Artistic Team (YAT). The six winners were selected after an intense day of proving their skills and technique to an elite industry judging panel 
13/02/2015 12:42

Clayde’s Social Media Competition

Clayde’s Colour Class, in association with Wella Professionals, is running a social media competition for the month of February
13/02/2015 11:28

Fellowship Clubstar Evening with D&J Ambrose

The D&J Ambrose Creative Team took over the Wella World Studio last night for an evening of artistic work with an emphasis on trend predictions
12/02/2015 16:30

Treat yourselves this Valentine’s Day to a Free #LipGlam

Treat you or your loved one this Valentine's Day with new ultra-moisturising product #LipGlam. 100% natural and paraben-free, #LipGlam has been proven to reduce dry skin roughness by 40% in just one hour, leaving it smooth, soft and feeling ultra-hydrated! 
12/02/2015 14:23

Sam Smith and Paul Edmonds Hit the Grammys

Legendary London hairdresser, Paul Edmonds was at Sunday’s infamous Grammy Awards styling the hair of award-winning singer, Sam Smith
11/02/2015 15:29

HOB Salons Find their Trend Vision 2015 Entrants at their Annual Photographic Competition

Established five years ago, the success of the last few years saw the fifth HOB Salons’ Photographic Competition take place on Sunday the 8th of February 2015
11/02/2015 11:30

Ecaille: The Latest Colour Trend

Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds, international hair colourist to the likes of Gillian Anderson, Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, gives his tips on the newest A-list colour trend… Ecaille
11/02/2015 11:03

Ciente Take to the Stage at the Fellowship Members’ Night

The first Fellowship Members’ Night of 2015 was hosted by the Wella World Studio on January 12th. This bi-annual event gives Fellowship members the opportunity to inspire fellow members and guests
11/02/2015 10:22

Channel Your Client’s Inner Mermaid with a Touch of Pearl

Are you looking for the next biggest hair trend for your colour clients? Well look no further, as this spring/summer pastels turn pearlescent! For soft iridescent pearly tones, Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA has the perfect shades
10/02/2015 10:14

Matthew Curtis Announces NYFW A/W 2015 Lead Stylist Shows

Renowned fashion, session, and celebrity hairdresser, Matthew Curtis, has announced his New York Fashion Week (NYFW) A/W 2015 show schedule
09/02/2015 14:38

Valentine Nails Pop-up at Blo

If getting perfectly tousled hair wasn’t already on your to-do list for this Valentine’s Day weekend, now you can also get pretty and polished with ColourRiotNails
03/02/2015 11:54

On The GO 24.7 for Enzorosario

Christian Esposito of Enzorosario in Godalming was selected for the men’s brand GO 24.7 session team at London Collections Men earlier in January
03/02/2015 11:32

London, Paris and Milan; it’s Men’s Fashion Week!

As per usual, Edinburgh salon owner and international session stylist Jason Hall, has been jet-setting around Europe assisting with designer hair creations in some of the world’s most high profile fashion shows
03/02/2015 10:59

Sharni White Heads to Sassoon

Soul Urban Style’s owner, Sharni White will be journeying to London on Sunday 8th February to get ready for five days of intense training at the Sassoon Academy
03/02/2015 10:16

Soul, Finalists for THE ONE

Sharni White of Soul in Retford has made it as a finalist in THE ONE ultimate hair colourist award - a competition judged solely through social media and based on the contestants images of their work and video entries
30/01/2015 15:40

A Big Change for Images in 2015

Images Hair & Beauty in Retford, Nottingham have big plans for 2015. Namely a brand new salon refurbishment and dedicated beauty services
29/01/2015 16:00

Video Killed the Football Star

2014 was undoubtedly the year of the vlogger with YouTube sensations like Zoella and Tanya Burr releasing sell out books and cosmetics lines, snapped up by their many millions of subscribers
26/01/2015 09:36

A Truly Innovative Miracle!

Schwarzkopf Professional is extending its amazing range of hair oils to include two luxurious innovations: BC Oil Miracle Mist with Marula Oil for fine hair and BC Oil Miracle Mist with Argan Oil for thick hair
23/01/2015 15:46

Clynol Announce Protégé Team

Hopeful young hairdressers were put to the test in Clynol’s hunt for this year’s Protégé styling stars, with the chosen final six being revealed 
23/01/2015 09:19

Jack Howard Joins Fundraising Committee for HABB

Just before Christmas I was humbled to be offered a position on the fundraising committee for HABB and give back to a community who have been so supportive of me over my career. What’s HABB? You might say........
22/01/2015 09:31

Jack Howard Takes his Balayage Revolution on the Road

Jack Howard, international hair colourist to the likes of Gillian Anderson, Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, and now based at Paul Edmonds, has been back on the road for 2015 taking his signature Balayage technique to salons around the UK 
19/01/2015 14:59

Jamie Stevens is Announced as the Official Hairstylist of New ITV Series

Celebrity hairstylist Jamie Stevens and his award-winning team have been chosen as the official stylists working backstage on the new ITV entertainment series, Get Your Act Together
19/01/2015 14:27

THE ONE: The Ultimate Hair Colourist Award

THE ONE ultimate hair colourist award is finally here on Sunday 1st March 2015 at the Olympia Pillar Hall in London, where eleven great hair colourists will fight it out to obtain the ultimate prize in hair colouring
15/01/2015 09:59

Nigel Kenny Joins Industry Leaders at Salon Owners Summit

On Monday the 12th January at the Marker Hotel in Dublin, Phorest, who is the industry leader in salon software in the UK and Ireland, held their first Salon Owners Summit
13/01/2015 16:00

A Proud Announcement at Simon Webster Hair

Congratulations to Simon Webster Hair team member, Sophie and her transition from salon assistant to stylist!
13/01/2015 09:48

A Manchester Opening for HOB Salons

HOB Salons Leeds Franchisee Shabaz Hussain is set to take the company to 25 salons this year, as the group confirms they are opening in Manchester in March
12/01/2015 12:25

A Milestone Achievement for David Antony Hairdressing and Beauty

There were celebrations all round at David Antony Hairdressing and Beauty, in tribute of a very special, hard working employee
12/01/2015 11:22

Gwyneth Paltrow and David Babaii Announce the Opening of Blo London

Ari Yakobson, Blo Blow Dry Bar CEO, along with Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and hairstylist to the stars, David Babaii are proud to welcome Irina Squire to their franchise family
06/01/2015 16:18

Jack Howard Joins Paul Edmonds

Jack Howard, International hair colourist to the likes of Gillian Anderson, Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, is joining Paul Edmonds London under the title of ‘Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds’
05/01/2015 15:13

Code Hair Consultants Beat Off the January Blues

At the multi award-winning Code Hair Consultants in Oulton Broad, Laura Bull and her talented team are beating off the January blues with an optimistic outlook and a generous charity donation
05/01/2015 10:25

Beyond Organic Facial Recovery Oil

This luxurious toning and hydrating oil for all skin types is created with herbs and nourishing oils to soothe and renew sensitive complexions, whilst offering anti-ageing benefits
18/12/2014 11:48

Sexy Hair’s Three Day Style Saver

You’ve given your client an amazing blow-dry but she needs it to last the weekend, no problem
18/12/2014 09:07

Education at Your Fingertips!

Launching in January 2015, the brand new Schwarzkopf ASK Academy App will keep you up-to-date and in the know with all things education! 
17/12/2014 11:04

The Need for Speed

If you’re a session stylist or busy salon owner looking for extensions which give a seamless finish at high speed, then the new American Dream Iconic Tape-In Extensions are sure to be the answer to your hairpiece prayers
17/12/2014 09:27

Fudge Professional Brand Ambassadors to Host Pop-up Salon at London Collections: Men SS15

Professional cult hair brand and Official Style Partner for London Collections: Men, Fudge Professional will be hosting the fashion week favourite, ‘The Fudge Fix’ pop-up salon
15/12/2014 10:36

Captain Fawcett Limited: Christmas Gift Ideas

After some last minute stocking fillers for ‘the boy’ this Christmas? Look no further than the gorgeous Captain Fawcett grooming range.....
15/12/2014 09:21

Shaping Futures Launches More Ways to Give

We are excited to announce that Shaping Futures is now a charitable foundation, with a brand new Justgiving page. With support from GivingWorks, Shaping Futures has been able to launch the Justgiving page where donations can now be made using the text SHAP37 to 70070 or donating online at
12/12/2014 11:24

Simon Webster Hair Chosen to House One of Five Specially-Commissioned Installations

This year, Brighton’s ‘Burning the Clocks’ celebration, marking the Winter Solstice each year on 21st December, is in its 21st year
12/12/2014 11:10

Simon Webster Hair Introduces Freddie

Freddie has worked at various salons in the North Laine area over the last eight years including Headmasters and Square Roots, but is joining Simon Webster Hair on a part-time basis to run alongside her successful session-styling career
12/12/2014 09:02

Fellowship Luncheon Guests Raise Over £1000 with HABB Collection Box

The industry charity, Hair & Beauty Benevolent (HABB), showcased the new HABB Collection Boxes at the annual Fellowship for British Hairdressing Luncheon and Awards, and was pleased to announce that £1,036 was raised on the day.
11/12/2014 14:07

Fudge Announces Designer Partnerships

Fudge Professional is pleased to announce its fifth season as the ‘Official Styling Partner’ at London Collections: Men AW15
11/12/2014 13:42

Why Should Blondes Have All The Fun?

Introducing Igora Royal High Power Browns from Schwarzkopf Professional, an exciting new colour service for brunette clients
10/12/2014 15:06

Trudie Wilkinson is Selected as a Goldwell Color Creative Team Member

Trudie Wilkinson of Gloss Hairdressing in Knaresborough has become one of only 14 people across the country to be selected as part of Goldwell’s Color Creatives Team for 2015
09/12/2014 11:11

How the Recession Moved us Closer to Gender Balance

An article was recently published in the Irish Sunday Independent, featuring top hairstylist and businessman Aidan Fitzgerald, which looks at the recession and gender balance within certain professions
05/12/2014 15:26

Leigh Healy back Breast Cancer Support with Gala Dinner

Boutique salon, Leigh Healy in Stockport is putting the final preparations in place for its forthcoming gala dinner in aid of Breast Cancer Support
05/12/2014 11:13

Banish the Festive Season Blues with a Little Taste of Paradise this January

Lose yourself in the tropical blend of grapefruit, mango and passion fruit with a hint of zesty freshness…Champneys Distant Shores Shower Cream will invigorate your mornings to give you that extra kick
05/12/2014 09:16

Jessie’s Hair and Beauty Win Big at the Tia Maria Hi Style Awards

Hi Magazine recently hosted its inaugural Tia Maria Hi Style Awards 2014 on Saturday November 8th, with Milan based luxury haircare brand ALFAPARF as the main sponsor
04/12/2014 09:15

Code Hair Consultants Win Big at the Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

Code Hair Consultants in Oulton Broad, Suffolk took the award for Excellence in Customer Service at the Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards
03/12/2014 14:06

Maria Morrisroe Launches Newly Refurbished Salon

Maria Morrisroe Hair & Beauty has recently revamped their boutique salon in the heart of Woolton, Liverpool
03/12/2014 09:51

Trevor Sorbie Hosts ‘The Event’

Sunday November 23rd saw the gathering of the Trevor Sorbie family (spanning five salons and head office) for an afternoon packed with creativity and exciting announcements
03/12/2014 09:08

Clipso Young Superstar Awards 2014

Each year, the Clipso salon group hold their own internal awards titled ‘Young Superstar’ to celebrate the educational successes of the group’s assistants and trainees
02/12/2014 13:58

Expect Another Perfect Ten

Modern life demands we get the most out of every minute, so if you’re a girl on the go, Indola’s new Wonder Wash is the product that will not only save you time, but also save you space in the bathroom too
01/12/2014 10:50

40 Years for the Irish Hairdressing Federation

Aidan Fitzgerald, one of 22 past Presidents of the Irish Hairdressers Federation, and his wife Karen Whelan, were guests at the Irish Hairdressing Federation’s Night of Legends 
01/12/2014 10:15

Clayde Baumann of D&J Ambrose Wins Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year

This week, the winners of HJ’s 30th British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, were announced in style with Clayde Baumann bagging the hugely prestigious 2014 Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year title
28/11/2014 10:47

Grab Yourselves a FREE LipGlam

When you want to combat dry, cracked lips leaving them kissably smooth and silky soft, look no further than #LipGlam, proven to reduce skin roughness by 40% in one hour
27/11/2014 12:32

New Age Volume!

This year’s best 80s come back; the classic mousse gets a modern makeover thanks to professional haircare brand Unite
27/11/2014 11:56

milk_shake Creative Team Members Collaborate for SteamPunk Showcase

BHA finalist David Baker from The Vault and Shelley Pengilly from Shelley’s Salon collaborated to create a SteamPunk inspired showcase for Shelley’s 2014 collection
27/11/2014 11:22

Gloss Hairdressing Wins Best Salon in Harrogate

Finding a salon you can trust is crucial. A great salon is somewhere you can feel comfortable enough to literally put your hair, face or body into somebody else’s hands, and let them work their magic
26/11/2014 12:34

Brent Barlow and Rosie Binns of Ethos Hairdressing are Crowned North Western Hairdresser of the Year

Monday night saw the winners of HJ’s 30th British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, announced in style, with Brent Barlow and Rosie Binns of Ethos Hairdressing leading the way by becoming the 2014 North Western Hairdresser of the Year
25/11/2014 11:46

British Hairdressing Awards 2014

30 years ago, 100 hairdressers attended the very first British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional. This week saw more than 1,700 hairdressers come together at the glamorous Grosvenor House hotel to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the hairdressing Oscars
19/11/2014 16:10

Images Hair and Beauty Launch Exclusive New Offer and Hair Care Range

Images Hair and Beauty in Retford are happy to announce their exclusive new offer for all NHS and HMP staff
19/11/2014 10:37

Montibel.lo Launch Smart Touch

Montibel.lo’s new Smart Touch offers 12 benefits in one product, to give you instantly beautiful and cared for hair
19/11/2014 09:38

Hairdressing Apprentices Prepare for Polish Assignment

Five young hairdressing apprentices from South Wales are brushing up on Polish phrases as they prepare for a three-day learning experience in Poland next month