THE BOND between a mother and son is always a special one – but does not usually extend into the workplace.
Julie and Lee Sturrock are proving to be an exception to that rule.
The duo, from Denny, are both in the same hairdressing class at Forth Valley College and have been working so well together that they now hoping to open their own salon together once they graduate.
The mother and son started their City and Guilds course at the Raploch Community Campus in Stirling in August.
Both Julie (41) and Lee (23) said that they were thoroughly enjoying learning a new skill and proving that in some cases it’s good to keep things in the family.
Julie works as a full-time care worker and previously completed a business course at Forth Valley College - something that could prove useful if she does go on to start her own business.
She said: “I absolutely love this course, the lecturers are fantastic and I wish I had done it years ago.
“Lee and I work really well together.
“Not only are we mother and son, but we’re best pals as well.
“I remember cutting a few locks from his hair when he was a wee boy and now we are both going to be doing it for a living.
“Lee and I are even talking about starting up a our own salon in the future.”
Lee, who has previously worked as a carer, chef and barman, added: “I have a lot of friends who are hairdressers, but I always thought that it wouldn’t be something I would consider going into as a career.
“However, when I spoke with my mum, who was thinking about taking the course, it started to really appeal to me.
“I am enjoying the course, and like my mum, I wish I had done it sooner.
“I am so enthusiastic about it that I don’t just want to be good at it, I want to go right to the top.
“My mum and I work well together and we both hope to repay the faith our lecturers have put in us.
“It’s funny that the tables have turned as it’s me who now has to make sure she is keeping her homework up to date!”
Hairdressing lecturer Janetta Hay, who teaches both Julie and Lee at the college, said that it was a pleasure to see two family members working so well together and hoped that they could go on to start their own business in the future.
She commented: “It is quite unusual to have a parent and child in the same class, but they are working really well together.
“I interviewed both of them and did initially wonder if it would work in class.
“But I took a chance and it is definitely paying off as they are both very good.
“Several of our students have gone on to open their own salons over the years.
“Lee is a natural hairdresser and what with Julie’s own hairdressing skills and her business knowledge, I’m sure that the pair of them will give it a right good go in the future.”