National Minimum Wage increases for Apprentices

National Minimum Wage 2024

The new rates for the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage are now in full swing. Since the new financial year started on April 1st, there has been an increase across the board. This change is the largest minimum wage increase ever! National Minimum Wage Image from If you are under 19 or […]

Saying Farewell to Elaine: Honouring 38 Years of Excellence at Central Training Group

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Elaine, the revered Director of Quality at Central Training Group, has bid us farewell as she embarks on a well-deserved retirement. For almost 40 remarkable years, Elaine has been the cornerstone of excellence, setting the highest standards in quality and dedication. Her impact on the organization and all who had the privilege of working with […]

A round up of The Mane Event: Central Hair Competition 2023

Central Hair Competition 2023 Winner Kaci Wood

The Central Hair Competition 2023 got off to a great start with 67 entries received in total. Entries were received from students throughout our Central Hairdressing Academy network with some great hair designs coming through; it’s no wonder why we won the Best Hair and Beauty Apprenticeship Provider Award at the 2023 AAC National Apprenticeship […]

Central Training Academy Hits the Mark with Outstanding Provider Recognition

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As you may well know, Central Training Academy, were invited to attend a prestigious House of Commons ceremony on Monday 6th February after being named a finalist in the National Apprenticeship Awards. Martin Kolton, MBE, Chairman of Central Training Group and Managing Director, Primrose Campbell, attended a special ceremony during National Apprenticeship Week to recognise […]

Andrew Wright Retires As Managing Director

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Andrew Wright Retires Today we announce the retirement of Andrew Wright as Managing Director of Central Training Group.  Andy has been at Central for 30 years, and has helped make it to the thriving training provision it is today. Martin Kolton, Chairman of Central, said:  “After 30 years in business together, Andy has decided to […]

Why we love National Apprenticeship Week

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THE FIRST National Apprenticeship Week took place in 2007 to highlight the many advantages of being an apprentice and, right from the start, Central has supported these valuable weeks. Now that we are marking National Apprenticeship Week 2023, we at Central are continuing to shout about what we do and why apprentices thrive in our […]

Young Bedford hairdresser nets highest score possible in industry exam

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A YOUNG stylist from a Bedfordshire based salon has recorded the highest score possible at the end of his hairdressing exams. Bedford hairdresser, Ben Gauge 21, who has worked at Lou Lou’s salon in High Street,  Biggleswade, since the salon opened in 2019 recorded a score of 700 out of 700 in his End Point […]

CTG Hair Apprentices Win BIG at Concept Hair Learner of the Year 2021

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TWO learners from Central Training Group’s, Central Hair London, based in Bethnal Green have enjoyed success at the biggest competition for hairdressing apprentices in the country.  The Concept Hair Learner of the Year 2021 competition saw candidates from all over the country creating inspirational and creative hair designs in the following categories: Styling – Level […]

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