City & Guilds and MyHairDressers.com announce partnership
Hair and beauty students in the UK can now access online training materials to develop their skills
14 May 2014
City & Guilds and online hairdressing education site MyHairDressers.com (MHD) have entered into an exclusive UK partnership to design and sell training resources supporting the teaching and learning of hairdressing, barbering and beauty qualifications. The partnership, which was launched at the Association of Hairdressers and Therapist (AHT) conference on 10 May, is designed to bring training for hair and beauty students into the 21st century digital world and ensure they are up to date on all the latest trends.
From 1 September 2014 the two companies will bring together their existing portfolios to offer innovative and high quality professional video-based resources online. The videos, which provide training on the latest techniques, qualification performance criteria and knowledge, are backed by key experts in the industry including Stacey Broughton and Tim Hartley. Accessible via computer, tablet and mobile phone, this means easy access to 507 videos, with 838 supporting PDFs, bringing the classroom into the salon for the first time.
The resources will also support teachers to engage learners effectively, enabling them to progress at their own individual pace. The technology is designed to make it easier for trainers to track individuals’ performances for full visibility of all students and classes – helping them to stretch and challenge learners to achieve their full potential.
The teaching material is aimed at learners undertaking NVQs, VRQs and SVQs from Levels 1 - 3 and also includes embedded Maths & English Functional Skills components to help learners develop the core employability skills needed by employers.
This partnership comes as the sector prepares for the new training standards, which will be introduced in May 2015, and will support the new vocational education reforms for the future of the hair and beauty industry. These videos will support all tutors and learners to meet these changes and help maintain high standards across the industry, setting the benchmark for excellent quality and professional practice.
Speaking about the partnership, Diane Mitchell, City & Guilds Hair Portfolio Manager, said: 'I am delighted to announce this new partnership between City & Guilds and MyHairDressers.com. These videos use innovative new technology to give hair and beauty students access to the best training available and are an exciting development in the beauty and hairdressing industries. At City & Guilds we are committed to supporting the use of this type of technology to aid teaching and learning and this project is a fantastic example of how industry and educational providers can work together to enhance opportunities for trainers and learners alike'.
Adding to this, Mark Butcher, CEO of MyHairDressers.com said: 'This partnership concept was one the major goals that MHD has been working towards since 2010. From first endorsing MHD in January 2013 City & Guilds have seen the unique benefits our resources offer both in the UK and worldwide. MHD is currently available in 11 languages across 44 countries and we will continue to expand together with City & Guilds and other partners. I am delighted that through this partnership we’ll be delivering content which will help standardize the industry so supporting the development of a better skilled workforce.'
The new tutor and learner resource packages will be available from 1 September 2014, with pre-orders taken from June.