Home' INSTYLE Magazine : INSTYLE NOV-DEC 2017 Contents So I just want to clarify this once and for all....it ’s not going to happen, so can we
all get over the 4 year apprenticeship idea and move on?
I do agree that the last 10 years of changes in the apprenticeship models and
training courses have definitely been detrimental to our industry’s credibility
and reputation, affecting employment and salon businesses everywhere. This
does not mean though that we can just turn back time and insist on doing things as they
were when we trained in the 80s and 90s.
The industry doesn’t look good at the moment, but there is good news and hope in the
future. Will this change overnight? No, so don’t expect it to. Change takes time as there
are so many parties involved in our industry and we must consider them all.
Making changes means that we need to look at where we are now, how we got here
and what could be implemented to address and satisfy the needs of a salon owner,
the apprentice or student, the colleges and teachers, the industry reference groups,
the regulators, Government bodies in each State that regulate apprentice sign ups and
completions, the Union and the Fair Work Commission and the Federal Government.
Decisions affect all of these, not just one body, person or organisation or a salon.
The systems we have now are not working. The apprenticeship system we have at the
moment works if you understand how to make it work best for your employees and your
salon. This means investing more time than ever to liaise with your college teachers and
get involved with the RTO. Get on board, communicate and co-operate together to get
the best results. Times have changed, colleges have changed and many of the dodgy
RTOs have closed down now. So let’s work together on this and make a positive change.
The numbers of unemployable qualified hairdressers have risen over the years. Many
of us have inter viewed a ‘qualified’ hairdresser who has barely a skill. Quite simply no
salon can afford to retrain from scratch someone who is entitled to a seniors wage but
cannot ser vice a full column of clients, handle a corrective colour, a difficult client or
apply a head of foils. So where do these ‘qualified’ stylists go? Sadly only 30 per cent of
hairdressers that complete their apprenticeship stay in the industry. This is just one of the
reasons why we are all crying out for staff.
In an AHC think tank it was suggested that an internship be considered for an extra 12
months in a salon before receiving a final Cert III qualification.
It was also decided that an apprenticeship should be a full three years without
the option to finish at the end of only college training. This came about due to the
detrimental competency based training interpretation which does NOT consider salon
post RTO training as valuable. This means most apprentices can finish at 2 years with
very little on the floor skill and experience. There is a huge gap between competent and
capable. Unfortunately Training Services in most States and Territories support this model
as numbers make their reports and stats look good to their Minister. They don’t care how
this has affected employment. The AHC feels strongly that this attitude must change.
The Government have promoted University before trade skills for years now but this
is about to change. Our qualification has been dumbed down. Should hairdressing be
referred to as a Diploma?
Salon owners should NOT have to pay for RTO fees. The AHC is submitting a paper on
why this is not fair to small business. Many leave the industry or apprentices leave after
the salon has already heavily invested in their training.
A salon owner should only be forced to pay for RTO fees and reimburse an apprentice
only if the apprentice COMPLETES a full three year term with
you. Small business needs decent incentives to employ and
invest in apprentices. What are your thoughts? How much
incentive would you see as fair to employ an apprentice?
These are just some of the solutions the AHC has been
discussing with their members. We would love to hear your
thoughts on SOLUTIONS. If you’d like to have a say please
email me at email@example.com or Wendy Blair at
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