We would love to work with you and your team to produce amazing Apprentices and future Stylists!

NVQ Training for your Apprentices

At The David Thomas Academy we deliver training for City & Guilds NVQ level 2 and level 3 to apprentices from great, independent salons all over the North West.

Our dynamic team is committed to high standards of training…

…so an NVQ with us is more than just a qualification.

Delivered in a working salon by professional hairdressers, our training is up to date, relevant and designed to create successful stylists who will add real value to your team.

We provide some unique extras for you as a salon owner… Business support, networking events and the chance for your salon team to present your work on stage at our annual showcase.

Call 01772 259 222 for more information or an application form. Places are limited so act now, don’t miss this amazing opportunity!


We offer City & Guilds NVQ level 2 & level 3 apprenticeship qualifications.

We also provide creative training seminars for your salon team.


If your apprentice is 16-18 years old, their NVQ training is free.

However, if your apprentice is over 19 you may need to pay a contribution fee for their NVQ training.

If your apprentice is over 24 they must pay for their own training, they can take out a learner loan to do this.

For more details, please call us on 01772 259 222.

The Level 2 NVQ Course is 14 Months of training in the academy, 1 day a week.

The Level 3 NVQ Course is 12 months of training in the academy, 1 day a week.


We interview lots of students looking to join a salon team, we can put them in touch with you.

We can put your advert on the vacancy matching service website, free of charge.

It’s better!

Here’s why:

Training takes place in our academy salon, giving apprentices real life experience of working in a salon during their training.

All apprentices are trained and assessed by our expert team of commercial, working hairdressers.

Classes in the academy have a maximum of 9 students so that all apprentices can get one to one guidance.

Our training focuses on giving the most realistic, professional experience to all apprentices. This means they quickly gain the confidence to work on clients in the salon and add real value to your team.

Your apprentices will achieve a nationally recognised City & Guilds qualification at the highest standard without having to step foot in a college, we believe this is the best way to prepare your students to become successful stylists.


We can help you to apply for a government grant. If your salon is eligible you can receive a grant of up to £1,500 to help to pay for your apprentices.

You can request an information pack here or call 01772 259 222 and ask to speak to Emma.

Why Choose The David Thomas Academy?

We make training fun, inspirational and commercially valuable.
Based in our Preston city centre salon the David Thomas Academy is an ideal environment to deliver inspirational hairdressing education.
Let our students and Salon Owners tell you why they choose The David Thomas Academy…

“Thanks DT for your time, effort and enthusiasm with my young ones, it’s great that you’re backing up what I’m doing at the salon! Pioneering training, proud to be playing a small part in it.”
Neil Ainscough, Owner, Northcotes Hairdressing
“The standard of hairdressing my apprentice is producing since attending the academy is amazing. She is learning so much on a very professional level and the support from the team for myself as an employer and for my employee is excellent. I can’t praise the David Thomas Academy enough!”
Lucy Stewart, Owner, Couture Hairdressing
“Thanks for the inspiration, you’re fantastic at what you do! Glad I have you around for advice!”
Gemma Smith, Owner, Gemma Smith Hair Lounge

Ready to maximise your salon’s potential? We’re thrilled to help you along your path to a highly skilled team of hairdressing professionals. Our experts take great pride in helping you achieve your goals. Get in touch using the form below and let’s see how we can help you.

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