12 March 2015

The NHBF has released a new guide for hairdressers, barbers and beauty therapists looking to go into the training business.

Setting up as a training provider, similar to setting up a new salon, involves far more than might first be considered, so the guide offers advice on all the ins and outs of becoming a training provider.

Along with offering the opportunity to further expand into a new business area, providing training services can create a new income stream, support the expansion of an existing business, boost brand reputation and help secure quality trained new employees for the future.

NHBF chief executive Hilary Hall said:

“It’s important to understand that starting up a training provider business requires a lot of thought and skills specific to running that type of organisation. Many people looking to move into the training business will be doing so because they enjoy their job and have a wealth of experience they wish to share. Others will be looking for ways to expand their business.

“Regardless of your motive, you must do plenty of research and lay the foundations before making big commitments, especially financial ones, otherwise you risk paying the price for omissions later on.”

The guide, created in association with AELP, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, who support specialist training providers, sets out areas for thought and easy ways to get started.

Stewart Segal, AELP Chief Executive said: “The guide from the NHBF is a really valuable and helpful resource. It sets out a clear explanation of the rules and regulations in the training sector and will help employers navigate the best option for them in terms of training the skills they need. In particular AELP was pleased to collaborate on the document which is designed to get more employers involved in Apprenticeships.”

The guide is available free to NHBF members at www.nhf.info/nhf-guides.