Meet Your Assessor

Hi, my name is Rhian Knowles.

I am the owner of Sunshine Training Academy.
I will also be your tutor and assessor should you undertake one of our teacher training courses.

Here are some interesting facts about me and my career, which should leave you in no doubt that you are in capable and experienced hands, should you decide to do your teacher training through us.

I started in the industry at the tender age of 14, attending my local training provider, doing an NVQ level 1 in Hairdressing. I was also a Saturday girl in a salon. From these humble beginnings, my love and passion for the industry grew.  I completed this course but wanted to learn more.

At 16, I attended my local college and completed an  NVQ level 2 in Beauty Therapy and stayed there for a couple of years to complete my level 2 & 3 in Hairdressing.  In 2011 I completed an advanced level 3 in Hairdressing apprenticeship.

In 2013, I gained my level 4 teaching qualification and assessors award. Once qualified, I worked as a lecturer and assessor in my local college where I originally trained. While I enjoyed my experience as a  college lecturer, I wanted to do something different. As a result, I started working alongside some private training providers before deciding to open my own academy in 2015.

I have been delivering teacher courses for four years, I love to teach, and my greatest reward is seeing others achieve their dreams. To go on and contribute towards maintaining the highest standards within the industry. I believe in a simple truth - an industry is as strong as its training. I want to see our industry thrive by contributing to higher training standards.

I also run a successful training academy with over 40 educators. My management team and I (comprising four key members, with extensive industry, business and IT skills) are developing a platform and network for professionals to get into teaching without any of the high set-up costs and delays associated with start-ups.

We are also developing a network for our students, where we offer benefits and support, so they can enjoy a successful career in the industry. We believe there is more to success than technical training, and we aim to provide some of that support.

If you decide to take one of our teacher courses, you will be assured of getting my full support and guidance throughout your course and beyond. And, if you want to set up your own training academy once qualified as a teacher, I can help you do that as well.

Thank you for reading, and if you need any help or advice, please contact me.

Rhian Knowles

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