Apprentice hairdressing academy invests in the future
A Loughton training salon for apprentice hairdressers, which featured on the TV show “The Only Way is Essex”, has undergone a major refurbishment in a bid to attract more new recruits into the industry and head off a looming skills shortage.
First opened three years ago in Forest Road, Loughton, The London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy has seen a steady rise in the number of young people seeking a career in the hair and beauty sector, which employs over 1% of the total UK workforce and several thousand people across Essex.
Despite this growth, the threat of a skills shortage within the hairdressing sector has prompted the LHAA’s founders, Trevor and Francine Luker, to re-invest in the very latest Italian-made salon equipment and fittings, as part of a recruitment drive. Vacancies for more than 50 apprentices to join salons across the area are up for grabs, as business owners looking to expand struggle to find trainees.
According to Francine Luker, Director of LHAA, which manages apprenticeships for more than 350 salons across London, Essex and Hertfordshire, an apprenticeship is still the best way to start a career in hairdressing:
“Apprentices are employed from day one and their training with us is designed to deliver a real work based experience. Each of our academies employs professionally qualified teaching staff, all who’ve worked extensively in the hairdressing industry, to ensure that the course meets the needs of the modern salon. It’s also important that we provide the best training environment too, which is why we’ve made this significant investment in our Loughton academy.”
“A talented and motivated hairdressing apprentice can expect to earn far more than their contemporaries in other industries, so we’re looking to attract creative and entrepreneurial young people aged 16-23, who want to develop a skilled career that could lead them to start their own business one day.”
To help boost uptake in vocational training, the Government’s Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) has been extended in 2015 with a £1,500 cash incentive on offer to businesses that recruit an apprentice.