Providing you with the support & encouragement you need to reach your goals.


We utilise a wide range of creative teaching methods to inspire you to achieve.


We believe that with the right support & guidance there is nothing you cannot achieve.

Our story

The Link Academy is an independent, work based learning provider situated in the centre of Huddersfield, easily accessed by bus and train from a wide area, engaging with students from the north of England.

We are passionate about training and developing learners with a core focus on skills that will prepare them for working in the industry they have chosen, as well as upskilling learners already working in the industry.


Our friendly, experienced hairdressing and barbering educators deliver practical, industry-approved courses to suit your individual training needs. Whether you are still at school and considering a career in the industry, a salon apprentice embarking on a new career or a seasoned professional looking to raise your skills or those of your team; the Link Academy has a flexible course that is perfect for you.


What makes us different is that we are not only passionate about our industry, but all our staff are still working in the industry with real, up to date knowledge of what’s coming next. We also offer support to our employers with business planning, identifying skills gaps in their companies and offering a matching service to ensure we have the right learner, on the right course with the right employer.

off-the-job training

We have a rigorous recruitment and selection process engaging with all our students, ensuring equality of opportunities and diversity of provision to offer bespoke training, individually created to suit your personal learning goals. Our impressive, contemporary facilities boast two fully equipped working salons, utilised for training and commercial work, two large computer rooms and a canteen for our learners to network and relax during break times. We offer both off-the-job training and in the workplace training to ensure we can suit all requirements.


Established in 2011, our director has over 35 years experience in the industry and with her knowledge and leadership qualities, we have gained recognition as an excellent, high quality training provider. We have a reputation for caring for our students and celebrating all successes and career achievements we have supported. We are recognised by Ofsted for our excellent work on traineeships, preparing our young people for work.

Prospectus Download

Find out more about why you should choose The Link Academy and download a copy of our prospectus. Download a copy of our new prospectus (PDF document, 9.5MB).

10 hours ago

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Robbie WoodheadIs it your turn to be featured next? Have you created a style that’s a bit different? Something you’re proud of and want to shout about? Then post a picture to Instagram and hashtag #salonfocus and your image could up in a future issue! #worldphotoday ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

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So you’ve got your results, what next? Colleges and training providers including Kirklees College, RAF, Huddersfield Giants Community Trust, KITS, National Business College, The Link Training Academy and more will be exhibiting at the Next Step event at The John Smith's Stadium on 27 August. No appointment needed, just drop in. Our advisers will also be there to chat about your next step. Next Step ... See MoreSee Less

September is almost here! Are you ready for a new beginning! Get in touch to talk about your options and growing your skill sets. Funding available ... See MoreSee Less

September is almost here! Are you ready for a new beginning! Get in touch to talk about your options and growing your skill sets. Funding available

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2 weeks ago

The Link Training Academy

If you advertise your salon or barbershop in any way, you must comply with the law and relevant codes of practice on advertising. NHF/NBF launches new guide on advertising rules for hair and beauty salons.

This guide explains which laws and codes of practice you must comply with and gives examples of industry adverts that have broken the rules. It explains pricing requirements, specific beauty advertising laws, and the new rule on gender stereotypes.

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