About Us

Central Training Group has been delivering specialist Apprenticeship and Vocational training since 1983. We have trained and assisted thousands of people in gaining the confidence, skills and qualifications to progress in their careers or open their own businesses.


Central deliver a wide range of Apprenticeships and Vocational training including Business and Administration, Digital Marketing, Hairdressing, Beauty, Management, Customer Service and Retail.

Central Hair London, previously known as the Joshua Galvin Academy, was established by Joshua Galvin in 1988.

In 2016, Central joined forces with two top training academies to become the Apprenticeship provision for Alan D Education and Harlow Training Academy, now known as Central Hair Smithfield and Central Hair Harlow.

Central Hair London, previously known as the Joshua Galvin Academy was established by Joshua Galvin in 1988. Central are proud to deliver training in his name and are known across and around London for being ‘the hairdressing centre of excellence’.


Central Hair London and AlanD@Central are the number one high-quality Apprenticeship training destinations for Hairdressing and Barbering in Central and East London.

We are delighted to be able to work at Smithfield and in Ipswich with Alan and Edward Hemmings, whose massive reputations in the industry fit perfectly with our vision of providing the very best Hairdressing and Beauty training in the UK.

Since 2016, Central have established training centres working with top salons across the South East and Derby and have expanded their Beauty provision in Essex by acquiring the Beauty Skills Academy.

We now deliver Apprenticeships in East London, Central London, Essex, Suffolk, Harlow, Marlow, Wimbledon, Reading, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Derby.

We offer a range of vocational training via traineeships and study programmes for young people and adults in hairdressing, beauty, hair & media make up, supporting physical education and school sport, coaching sport and physical activity and coaching football.

Ofsted have continually stated that the support that learners and apprentices receive at Central is highly effective and the good-quality mentoring enables them to stay in learning. Learners and apprentices attend well and enjoy their learning. Central started their training journey over 37 years ago, and have grown from having 200 learners to over 1,500 learners on our programmes in 2020.

Central’s owners, Martin and Andy, and the teams at Central and their partners, are passionate about giving people opportunities to progress, develop and achieve their full potential. We very much look forward to welcoming you to one of our Central centres.


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Central Training Group

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44 Alexandra Street, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 1BJ

Central Hair London, 1 Hollybush Gardens, London E2 9QP

Registered In England & Wales, Company Number 2703089

VAT Registered, Company Number 777910585