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Why Keith Graham?

No. 1 for Quality Hairdressing Training.

Give your Apprentices the best possible start in their profession!

Think Creative
You may aspire towards artistic hair design why not consider fashion, catwalk shows and photographic work?

Think Travel
Do you dream about seeing the world? Why not work in a salon on board one of the many cruise liners?

Think Teaching
Why not pass on your highly developed skills to others?

Think Business
Could you own your own salon?











Training the hairdressers of the future!

  The Keith Graham Academy providing dependable quality training for the hairdressers of the future!


Managed and funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), Apprenticeships provide 16-18 year-olds and 19+ with a mixture of on and off-the-job paid training. They culminate in a National Vocational Qualification at Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs) or Level 3 (equivalent to two A Levels) as well as key numeracy and communications skills and, in some cases, a technical certificate.

As employees, apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off-the-job, usually on a day release basis, apprentices receive training with a local training provider to acquire the knowledge to underpin their practical work-based skills. The skills they gain are also transferable so are not confined to one sector or career.

Apprentices add value to an organisation from the start. The relevance and robustness of apprentice training enables businesses to attract and retain the best staff and make a real difference to their bottom line business performance. As well as technical skills, apprentices are also trained in the key skills of communication and the use of number as well as team working and problem solving – helping them improve not just in the way they interact with clients or customers, but in the way they work and engage with colleagues as well.

Apprenticeships can help businesses across all sectors by offering a route to harness fresh new talent. UK businesses consider skills shortages and recruitment difficulties a bigger threat to performance than soaring oil prices and declining consumer spending, and more than a quarter of these rate this form of vocational training higher than any other qualification.

Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future. The mixture of on and off-the-job learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business. Over 130,000 companies offer apprenticeship places because they understand the benefits that apprentices bring to their business – increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent work-force.

Improve your productivity
Because apprentices receive relevant training, they can have an immediate effect and make a real and more meaningful contribution to your business. Their training is ‘on the job’, so they can directly gain from the skills and experience of those around them.

Motivate your workforce
Apprenticeships are available to both new and current employees. As a result of their training, apprentices are highly motivated and eager to know more. The extra responsibility also makes them feel more valued and they are easier to retain in the long term.

Give them relevant training
Apprenticeships provide your workforce with expertise that’s not only specific to your industry, but also directly relevant to your business. They are literally designed around your business needs by industry specialists who genuinely understand what you do.

Avoid skills shortages
Change and innovation are always with us. New advances are constantly challenging us to keep pace or catch up. Apprenticeships can help your workforce master the latest techniques to fill the skills gaps you have and insure against those that are likely to arise. By taking on apprentices, you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.
Now established for fourteen years the Keith Graham Academy is the largest single training provider in Kent and Medway with over 95% percent of students being kept on in their salon as stylists after completing their NVQ Level 2 at the Academy.

Academy Director and salon owner Keith Lawrence states ‘anyone who achieves a qualification at the Keith Graham Academy must be able to go straight onto the salon floor and work as junior stylist. I would expect every Apprentice who qualifies at NVQ Level 2 to be able to do the job they have qualified for’.

The Keith Graham Academy is a private training provider funded through the Skills Funding Agency and inspected by OfSTED. The Apprenticeship qualifications gained are the same as those gained at a college however the training environment is in a more commercial setting offering high street training salons and a broad range of commercial models for students to train on. Owned and managed by the Academy Director the resources and facilities are constantly being renewed and upgraded to meet with the industries requirements.  There is a high level of on-going staff training for the Academy Assessors to ensure they are kept up to date with new developments in the hairdressing industry.


City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing
The framework is approved by The Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority and is made up of the following elements:

Unit G20        Make sure your own actions reduce risks to Health & Safety
Unit G17        Give clients a positive impression of yourself and organisation
Unit G7          Advise and consult with clients
Unit GH8       Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
Unit GH9       Change hair colour
Unit GH10     Style & finish hair
Unit GH11     Set & dress hair
Unit GH12     Cut hair using basic techniques
Unit GH14     Perm and neutralise hair

City & Guilds Key Skills:

Communication Level 1
Application of Number Level 1

City & Guilds NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing
The framework is approved by The Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority and is made up of the following elements:

Unit G22        Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
Unit G18        Promote additional services or products to clients
Unit G21        Provide hairdressing consultation services
Unit GH16     Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
Unit GH17     Colour hair using a variety of techniques
Unit GH19     Creatively style & dress hair
Unit GH20     Creatively dress long hair
Unit GH21     Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills
Unit GH22     Create a variety of permed effects
Unit G11        Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business

City & Guilds Key Skills:

Communication Level 2
Application of Number Level 2

There are training academies in Folkestone, Maidstone and Ramsgate, Kent.

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