Habia announced as sole provider for services Posted: Monday 23 January 2012
Habia has been appointed as the sole supplier of key training and business development services to the hair and beauty sector.
The organisation, which has been recognised by government as the industry authority and Sector Skills Body for hair and beauty for 25 years, will be the preferred provider for 'universal services', which includes National Occupational Standards (NOS), apprenticeship and Modern Apprenticeship frameworks across the UK, and qualification related activities.
The preferred provider contract was announced by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) on 19 December 2011 after a rigorous commissioning process, and will cover a minimum three year period starting from 1 April 2012.
Habia made its bid for the universal services contract as part of a collaborative partnership with four other sector bodies: Lantra (land based and agricultural sector), Improve (food and drink sector), People 1st (hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism sector) and Habia's long-term partner SkillsActive (sports and leisure sector). In all, 26 organisations across nine collaborative partnerships have become preferred providers for their respective sectors.
The last 12 months have seen Habia embark on a number of new initiatives and strategic partnerships.
In March 2011, Habia signed a seven year deal with one of the world's largest education publishers, Cengage Learning EMEA, to provide the hair and beauty sector with learning materials. More recently, the organisation has launched the development of the Habia Skills Academy (HSA) with the support of a substantial donation from VTCT, the specialist awarding organisation for the hair and beauty sector.
Alan Goldsbro, Habia CEO, said, "This is great news for the hair and beauty sector as it shows that the development of qualifications and standards for our industries is of national importance. It is particularly good news for hair and beauty employers, who need staff and new recruits with constantly updated skills to make an impact on the bottom line in these difficult times."
He added, "The last 18 months have seen unprecedented changes in the skills sector, with the government asking everyone - from employers to skills agencies - to do more for less. I am proud to say that Habia has responded and that 2012 - our 25th year of operation - sees us going from strength to strength."