BHB Academy has been working with secondary schools in the wider Manawatu for over 20 years.

Many schools choose BHB Academy because of the fun hands-on atmosphere as well as the option to add extra credits if required.

We have great success in not only helping students achieve credits in their chosen industry but to develop a love for the industry.

BHB also encourages any potential student to come to the academy for a day’s trial to experience BHB Academy life and to explore options of study. If you are interested in undertaking a trial please contact us to arrange this.

Students wishing to participate in Star or Gateway programmes should contact their school’s career advisor or Star/Gateway coordinator.

For all schools wishing to contact BHB Academy for more information please use the contact us section of the website and our Star/Gateway advisor will be in contact soon.


This is a programme BHB runs in conjunction with high schools.

BHB Academy offers a selection of barber, hairdressing, and makeup credits that go toward NCEA qualification (approx 20 credits).

Students attend one day a week 9:00 am – 3:00 pm where they will experience firsthand working in a barbershop, hairdressing salon, or makeup space.

This is a successful programme for students wanting a taste of the barber, hairdressing, or makeup industries while gaining credits towards their NCEA qualifications

Many students go on to enrol in our full-time courses after discovering their love for the industry and the supportive environment that BHB provides.

No equipment is required.

For more information on the STAR programmes, contact your  Gateway Co-ordinator or Careers Advisor at your school.


Gateway is an industry-based initiative run in conjunction with the secondary school system. BHB Academy offers packages of four hairdressing unit standards to schools and offers support to the student and the employer (where the student has been placed) along with assessment.

For more information on the Gateway programme, contact your Gateway Co-ordinator or Careers Advisor at your school.

Click HERE for the latest STAR/GATEWAY prospectus.

Trial Day

We welcome anyone looking into starting their career in hairdressing, barbering, or makeup and skincare to come and be a student for the day.

This is a trial experience where you will see what life at BHB Academy is like and explore what these industries offer. If you are interested in undertaking a trial please use the contact page on the website to arrange this.

Short Courses

BHB Academy offers short courses on various beauty, hairdressing or barbering skills. Taster courses are available during school holidays and upon completion students gains x2 level 2 credits. To enroll click HERE

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