28 May 2023

National Apprenticeship Awards – Best Training Provider

Central Hairdressing Academy in Southend is celebrating being announced as Hair and Beauty Apprenticeship Provider of the Year at the FE Week and AELP ACC National Apprenticeship Awards held in Birmingham.

National Apprenticeship Awards
Chairman Martin Kolton MBE with the award and senior members of the Central Hairdressing Academy Team.

Central Hairdressing Academy took the top prize this week in the FE Week and AELP ACC National Apprenticeship Awards grand finals held in Birmingham. The academy received recognition for their outstanding delivery of hairdressing training and life skills by a panel of expert judges. The award comes as the company, founded by Martin Kolton, MBE, celebrates 40 years in business.

With hairdressing training companies from across the UK all vying for the top spot, the win is a huge accolade and endorsement for the dedication, passion and skill that Central have brought to the job for 40 years. As long standing holders of the Investor in People award, Central also hold the Matrix award – am international quality standard for organisations that deliver advice, information and/or guidance. The company has also won awards for spearheading inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.

For Chairman, Martin Kolton, promoting the benefits of apprenticeships comes from the heart as he himself started out at the age of 16 as a hairdressing apprentice. “So many of our tutors both now, and in years gone by, have all started out as apprentices themselves,” said Martin. “This is so important to our business because they have absolute faith and belief in the value of what they are delivering.”

Central have an outstanding achievement rate when it comes to learners reaching their full potential. And many past learners have worked in every aspect of the hair industry from stylists and salon owners to session stylists and renowned wig makers.


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