Hairdressing Training (HT) was one of the first Jisc initiatives to provide vocational e-learning resources to the further education community. The unique advantage of the service has been that all content produced is by those who teach in further education and that everything shared has been usefully mapped to the NVQ and SVQ curriculum.
Hairdressing Training has proved extremely popular with teachers and students alike. Feedback from the Hairdressing Training community indicates that hairdressing students prefer the visual nature of online materials, and also that they find it invaluable to be able to access these resources anytime, anywhere – in college at home or when training in a salon.
Today the service continues to evolve, with a clear focus on accuracy and relevancy of content aligned with the latest National Occupational Standards (NOS) and mapped to Hairdressing and Barbering qualifications, offered by ITEC; VTCT; City & Guilds and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), – leading UK Awarding Organisations.
The old Hairdressing Training site has been closed. However, an archival copy is available at Wayback.
For a quick overview of some of the highlights of this service past and present, please take a look at the timeline below.
HT Service is first launched
September 1, 2004
Launched in 2004, Hairdressing Training was one of the first Jisc initiatives to provide vocational e-learning resources to the Further Education community (subscription only).
HT becomes free to all members
June 26, 2007
The Hairdressing Training service became free of charge via authentication, with over 200 colleges and universities taking advantage of this free access
HT shortlisted for an Innovations Award and wins!
October 17, 2008
HT becomes free and open to all!
September 1, 2010
HT becomes free and open to all in the UK HE and FE sector. During the same year, new content was commissioned and added to the site.
HT joins Twitter
December 1, 2010
Hair.net project is launched
June 1, 2011
Hair.net aimed to improve the quality of hairdressing training by transferring UK quality assured hairdressing training materials for teachers/trainers in colleges and salons to three member states, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania.
HT joins Facebook
September 1, 2011
HT develops a series of new online tutorials
September 3, 2012
HT becomes part of Jisc
August 1, 2014
HT mobile app is launched
September 12, 2014
The release of a new mobile app was launched. This app provided access to training videos on the move – anytime, anywhere.
HT consult with their community
May 4, 2015
First practitioners’ group meeting was held aimed at identifying gaps in current content provision and developing a focused plan of action addressing the following areas; content priorities, website functionality and promotional activity.
HT seek to procure new content & services
October 1, 2015
HT gather more feedback from their community
November 9, 2015
A series of focus group meetings were held at Bradford and Bury College throughout November. A second practitioners’ group meeting was also held in December of that year. Feedback from these meetings were used to inform the functionality of the new website.
HT commission new content
January 17, 2016
Virtual College, in partnership with Bradford College, were commissioned to develop content which aimed to extend the current offering, particularly for NVQ and SVQ Level 2 resources.
HT commission a new website
February 1, 2016
Ocasta Studios were also commissioned to deliver the new Hairdressing Training website. During this month the project team undertook a user analysis study of the existing Hairdressing Training service.
HT content is aligned to UK Awarding Organisations’ qualifications
March 1, 2016
A review of the curriculum mapping was undertaken. All new and existing content is aligned to the Hairdressing and Barbering Qualifications (Level 1-3 NVQ and SVQ) from the following UK Awarding Organisations: City & Guilds, ITEC, VTCT and SQA and meet the latest National Occupational Standards (NOS).
Hairdressing Training site is relaunched!
June 22, 2016
New Hairdressing Training website was relaunched on 22 June 2016. The new site offers free access to around 200 quality digital resources, all mapped to the NVQ / SVQ curriculum.