Funding changes set to boost learner numbers

More than 250 apprentices were trained by leading Yorkshire hairdressing company Dimensions Training Solutions Ltd last year.

But new funding changes could boost learner numbers further as the government introduce ‘Freedoms & Flexibilities’ under the Adult Skills Budget.

From the beginning of this month, unemployed people in receipt of benefit and actively seeking employment will be eligible for fully funded training to take place in a range of qualifications up to Level 4 to help them secure a job without losing their benefits.

Andy Heseltine, Chief Executive at Dimensions which runs 12 training academies throughout Yorkshire, said: “These changes are very welcome and give more freedom and flexibility to those that find themselves unemployed and wanting an opportunity to gain qualifications at the same time as upskilling themselves due to the impact the economic climate is having across the country.

“It’s great news for those who missed out on a career in Hairdressing, or left many years ago but still feel passionate about the industry and want to return again to do their qualifications. These new ‘Freedoms & Flexibilities’ allows them to the opportunity to return to the industry fully qualified without jeopardising their benefits.

Funding changes also bring good news for self-employed hairdressers.

From August 1, self-employed hairdressers wanting to do their NVQ Level 3 will be eligible to receive funding for this through Dimensions.

“Last year we had to turn down a large number of self-employed learners doing an Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3 as the National Apprenticeship Service rules wouldn’t allow for this to happen, these new flexibilities do.” added Andy.

“Our learners today will become tomorrows’ technicians, supervisors, salon managers and top stylists and is excellent news that funding changes are making training even more accessible.”

Dimensions courses begin next month across Yorkshire. For more information contact 01226 730112 or