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Habia Skills Academy launches intensive courses for educators

Posted: Thursday 08 March 2012

The Habia Skills Academy (HSA) is to launch a range of courses specifically designed for educators.

Available from this May, the courses will address industry skills gaps identified by Habia during its Big Conversation consultation with the hair and beauty industry in late 2011, and will fast-track by taking into account existing knowledge and skills. The intensive courses will enable educators to develop best practice and delivery techniques they can then use with their own learners.

All of the courses - which have been specially designed - will lead to nationally recognised qualifications awarded by VTCT, founder sponsor of the HSA.

Industry areas covered will include:

  • Level 3 Hair Extensions
  • African type hair units in NVQ Level 2 Combined Qualifications (including Units G15, AH6, AH7 and AH10)
  • Level 4 Male Grooming
  • Level 4 Laser/Light Hair Removal.
The courses will be delivered in some of the best training centres in terms of the equipment and facilities offered, and by some of the most well-known and reputable names in the hair and beauty sector.

Delivery and assessment will be provided by highly experienced specialists in their field.

Andrew Darby, Habia Deputy CEO and lead for the HSA development, said, "These courses will give educators the specialist knowledge and experience to go on and help learners develop the skills that salons and spas need, particularly in areas that clients are increasingly demanding. Addressing industry skills gaps is a key objective for the HSA, and we are already looking at other areas where there is a need for training and development."

To keep costs down the HSA is working with industry manufacturers, suppliers and providers to support and sponsor the intensive learning courses.

Already a number of training providers are involved, including Barnsley College, Leicester College, Michelle Griffin Academy in Birmingham, Reflections Academy Birmingham, Sheffield City College and The Spa at Henley in Arden.

Tiffany Tarrant, Development Manager for the Advanced Learning, said "We already have some of the top people and training providers signed up to deliver these courses, but we are always looking for others who want to get involved so that we can offer as many places as possible."

For more information on the courses offered by the HSA, go to

Notes to editors:

  1. The Habia Skills Academy (HSA) has been established by Habia, the government appointed industry authority and Sector Skills Body for the hair and beauty sector, with the support of founder sponsor VTCT.
  2. The HSA will see the creation of a network of centres of excellence across the UK, with the HSA acting as a virtual online hub for guidance and information, whilst also providing targeted specialist training for educators.
  3. Skills academies work in partnership with other organisations across the education and training system, leading networks of high quality, specialists learning providers.
  4. The HSA will work with employers and sector organisations, involving them in the design and delivering of training so that it better meets their needs, thus developing a workforce with the right skills for the future.
  5. The HSA is part of Habia, and operates on a not-for-profit basis.

  • Habia
  • Habia Skills Academy
  • HSA
  • hairdressing
  • beauty therapy
  • nail services
  • spa therapy
  • barbering
  • African Caribbean hairdressing
  • hair extensions
  • African type hair units
  • Level 2 Combined Qualifications
  • male grooming
  • Level 4 laser
  • laser hair removal
  • Level 4 light hair removal
  • light hair removal
  • Big Conversation
  • Barnsley College
  • Leicester College
  • Michelle Griffin Academy
  • Reflections Academy
  • Sheffield City College