What We Do

Cheynes Training was created in 1988 by Jennifer Cheyne OBE and William Howarth in order to develop a high-quality hairdressing training system linked to the then new National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) structure. Cheynes Training subsequently became the first national training provider for hairdressing when we launched our NVQ programme in 1989 with the approval and support of the UK government.

Our aim today remains the same as in 1989. Our ambition is to do all we can to raise the quality of hairdressing and barbering in the UK and help make everyone in our industry proud of their profession. To date many thousands of young people have successfully launched their careers through Cheynes Training and achieved their ambition of becoming a professional hairdresser or barber.

In the mid-1990s the government introduced what was then called the Modern Apprenticeship Programme and since then Cheynes Training has worked with many hundreds of employers across Britain delivering hairdressing apprenticeship training to their young employees. Our goal is to help young people fulfil their career ambitions by teaching them how to become a highly successful hairdresser working in a great salon and to achieve this we know that we need to create and continually develop highly effective education systems that routinely achieves exceptional results.

William Howarth is responsible for day-to-day operations and leads the head office team in Edinburgh, there is also a small office in central London.  Technical Director Melanie Mitchell heads up our field team of specialist training advisors operating throughout England and Scotland.

The training programmes currently operated by Cheynes Training include:

Diploma for Hair Professionals: our flagship hairdressing and barbering programme in England aimed at new apprentices entering the industry for the first time and which incorporates new employer developed standards at NVQ Level 2 along with functional skills and other key components.

Intermediate Apprenticeships: this programme is gradually being replaced by the new Diploma but remains a very important internationally recognised qualification which also incorporates NVQ Level 2 along with functional skills and other components.

Advanced Apprenticeships: incorporating NVQ Level 3 and functional skills and which is aimed at hairdressing and barbering learners who have already completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship programme and who wish to improve their skills.

Modern Apprenticeships: our foundation programme in Scotland which includes Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) in hairdressing along with core skills and which is aimed at apprentices entering the industry for the first time.

Our aim is for all education programmes developed by Cheynes Training to go beyond the normal apprenticeship requirements and we encourage all apprentices involved to become the best they can be through our ‘Stretch and Challenge’ programme.  If you are an employer who is looking for an apprenticeship programme operated by salon professional for salon professionals, please contact us to find out more.

Consultancy Services

The Cheynes Training team has a wealth of knowledge and experience gained over more than 20 years of operating high-quality hairdressing and barbering apprenticeship programmes.  We offer a comprehensive consultancy service for training providers who wish to improve the overall management of their education programmes.

Our consultancy services start from as little as £495 per day (plus expenses and VAT), in most cases a minimum of two days is required. Consultancy fees for the Programme Director start at £980 per day (plus expenses and VAT).

A typical consultancy brief requires a half day to gather background information and prepare for the visit; a full day visit involving an on-site review of systems, observing training and assessment taking place and conducting interviews with key personnel involved; followed by a half day to complete a comprehensive report.  Each brief is tailored to the exact needs of the individual training provider.

  • Our consultancy services focus on the four key aspects of successful hairdressing and barbering education:
  • strengthening training and assessment in order to help the training provider to achieve improved results
  • improving quality by introducing simple audit and tracking tools that allow accurate measurement of training performance
  • improving information flows so that everyone who needs to know (especially the employers involved) has a clear picture of exactly what is happening within the training structure
  • reducing cost in order to improve the overall value for money the training provider achieves from the training system

For more information on our consultancy services contact william@cheynestraining.com