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Professional groups representing the hairdressing industry

28 Mar

Back2myroots : A place to share thoughts and grow idea’s. B2MR

This is topic on our industry our future can we all make and accept change?

What is the way forward for our industry? How do we strike a balance one that represents businesses and Salon owners yet works with training bodies and institutions.One that fairly reflects every aspect of our industry from the trainee and or apprentices to stylists and salon owners one that collaborates and works in unison with further education colleges academies and institutions. Is it possible ? I like to think it is but change has to happen.Thinking has to change a new chapter need to be written!

Having just attended an industry discussion day by one of the many Training bodies / Institutions funded by government working to government guidelines. It came to my attention that this discussion had no representation by any one from the hairdressing industry in the private sector other than me ! Its was not a very well attended gathering all females and all representing colleges, further education, and private institutions. The big question is are these publicly funded groups and bodies out of touch with what’s going on at salon level should they try and remedy this? The challenges facing salon owners staff retention training and apprenticeship programs re gigged re named re vamped submerged in red tape and paper work. No mention of collaboration between salons and colleges no passion no vision lots of acronyms and abbreviated words. “ACE” “SASE” ‘ASCL” who cares do students trainee’s ? salon owners? No they want facts they want easy to understand easy to implement ! Shared within passion by motivated inspiring innovative speakers. Who are interesting and engaging!

A minimum wage for apprentices was discussed frankly so out of touch with reality and hardly surprising that so many young people drop out or fail to get qualified as stylists. When having open discussion about any aspects of the industry it’s not representative of feelings points of view much less needs and concerns if salon owners and indeed all bodies related to the industry are not consulted. Education and training is as we all know really important!  But if it’s not done listening to the wants needs and concerns of the salon owners the end consumer of these trained up young stylist whats it all for???

We in many cases have a system now with little or no collaboration between Further education colleges, training institutions and salons. More time needs to be put into understanding salon owners and the industry more hairdressers and industry professional need to be attracted into these bodies bring to the table hands on experience and skill knowledge about products. Bring to the fore front the dangers of some products.Working with manufacture to be more transparent about some products and how they work the chemistry they contain.

Goals and vision for collaboration with salons working with Further education colleges for work experience less red tape less bureaucracy less government intervention in an industry they do not understand at street level. I went to this meeting my mistake was not asking what the agenda was or the format was for discussion was it a forum or did it have an agenda that allowed for discussion and opinion and raising questions. I was also shocked that apart from myself  the representation of trainers and further education representatives were all female. In an industry that claims that only males make it to celebrity level. Something I dispute know ing some very talent female stylist and platform artists! But why do not more males get involved at college level an area dominated by women at all levels from senior management to in salon training levels.

I think these professional bodies all do a great job. But i also feel that they need to do much more to attract and get involved where it counts they need to strike up communication with salon owners listen to their concerns encourage collaboration innovative thinking that got beyond just training manuals and strict guide lines. Hairdressing is a passionate creative industry when events are staged they should reflect this not be bland and beige. When inspiring people, when doing presentation. we have so many tools available to us now, the day of power point and just standing talking in mono tone just does not work! It’s does not inspire nor does it attract a true cross section of the industry and all the talented successful business people who could contribute so much. Although this is a Uk example i would be interested to hear feed back from other  countries what works for you on this international issue . Is it any different for you?

Do you think that professional bodies should have more professional representation when it comes to direction and planing on education training and all aspects related to our industry. Should these bodies have to collaborate more with salons and stylist.

Should apprentices be asked for an opinion on the training they aregiven and the model they worked with? How was there experience? Salon owners institutions stylist businesses we have to work together to develop our industry secure it’s future stability and  make it work for all of our future an that of new stylist and trainee’s coming into our industry.

Mike B2MR

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