Hairs to the Throne: Calling All Wannabe Hairdressers

How National Apprenticeship Week aim to create new ‘hairs’ to the throne

Scissor Hand Hairs image by 279 Photo Studio (via Shutterstock).

Futureproof: e-commerce can never replace the role of hairdressers. Image by 279photo Studio (via Shutterstock).

With National Apprenticeship Week starting next week, many hairdressers, stylists and barbers will be looking for new hairs [sic] to the throne. With hairdressing a future-proof career option, it is a popular option for apprenticeships. They are recognised “as a ladder of opportunity to a brighter future”. The whole purpose of this week is to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to employers and potential school leavers.

This is the tenth year the National Apprenticeship Service has held the National Apprenticeship Week, now a regular part of the calendar in early March. Hairdressing is best suited to apprenticeships, especially as high quality on-the-job training matters as much as vocational qualifications. Many heirs (should that be hairs?) to the hairdressing throne either work for chains like Saks and Supercuts or set up their own businesses.

According to the National Apprenticeship Service’s figures, 624,000 new starters have started apprenticeship since May 2015. Between 2010 to 2015, 2.4 million apprenticeships have been created. For every pound spent, Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships add an extra £26 and £28 to the British economy. That is a hell of a lot of haircuts.

National Apprenticeship Week celebrates the success rates of apprenticeships. Statistics show that 90% of apprentices remain in employment thereafter. Another 2% of them set up their own businesses. 71% of apprentices continue to work for the same employer. 23% of them have been promoted with 12 months of finishing.

As our industry is a competitive one, continuous development is a must. There is more to sweeping hairs off the floor and cutting hair. Customer service is another one; for example, adding an extra touch that makes your salon stand out from the rest. The road to being a future Nicky Clarke or Vidal Sassoon starts with an apprenticeship. It is important we choose to look after our hairs apparent.

For further information, you can download the National Apprenticeship Service’s Toolkit for Employers, Trainees and MPs.

Scissor Hand, 27 February 2017.

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