About us

Central Training Group is City & Guilds’ largest hairdressing training provider in the UK, celebrating over 30 years of delivery. The quality of training has been judged by OFSTED as a Grade 2 for the third time in four years and as being in the top 10% of training providers and colleges across the country.

Our London Hairdressing Academy was established by the late, famous Joshua Galvin (1938-2011) who was the European Creative Director at Vidal Sassoon. Along with his brother, Daniel Galvin, he was one of the hairdressing industry’s great innovators. Joshua was known as “The Hairdresser’s Hairdresser” and his passion for education was second-to-none.


The Southend Academy was established in 1983 by Martin Kolton, who was awarded an MBE in 2014 for his extensive work in training young people. Martin is passionate about motivating young people to succeed and passing on the knowledge he has gained since he started his own apprenticeship at 16. Prior to starting Central he enjoyed a fantastic career in hairdressing, styling the hair of numerous celebrities. His career culminated in him becoming personal hairdresser to many celebrities.

In 1991, Martin was joined by Andy Wright, who became Central’s Group Managing Director. Martin and Andy are now equal shareholders and have grown Central from just 200 learners in the early 90’s to over 1,500 learners today.


Central’s Curriculum Manager, Keryl Titmus, is the author of two City and Guilds text books that are integral to our teaching. If you come to Central, rest assured you will be learning from the best in the industry today!

The Board of Directors are great believers in Apprenticeships, having all started their career as Apprentices. So why not start your career with us now and get your future off to a flying start?! Who knows where you will be in 30 years’ time!

Start your career in hairdressing today!

You can call us right now on Freephone 0800 783 2901 or click the button to apply online.