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Pre-apprenticeship program offers a new style of training for the hairdressing sector

Updated: Jan 13

An industry-driven hairdressing pre-apprenticeship program is being designed with South Australian salons to help attract and retain apprentices across the sector.

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said employers in metropolitan Adelaide will be involved in recruiting 24 participants to take part in the Clip Joint Education Salon Connected Pre-Apprenticeship project.

“This project aims to increase apprenticeship retention levels by matching individuals with salons and ensure they have the skills needed to commence a hairdressing apprenticeship and then go onto work in the industry,” Minister Pisoni said.

“Participants will study a Certificate II in Salon Assistant, gain work experience, and on the job mentoring as part of the project to become job-ready and begin their skilled careers.

“Importantly, there’s a strong commitment from salons to employ a minimum of 18 participants on hairdressing apprenticeships following the completion of their pre-apprenticeship training.

“The Training and Skills Commission projects that there will be 800 to 950 job openings requiring new entrants into the hairdressing occupation over the five years to 2021-22 in South Australia.

“The South Australian Government has provided more than $67,000 to support the project, including funding towards matching participants with salons, delivering industry and career information sessions, project management, preparing participants to be job-ready, and mentoring support for employers, supervisors and participants.

“This is one of more than 70 Skilling South Australia projects, worth more than $14 million, funded by Government and co-designed with business and industry to drive apprenticeship and traineeship growth.”

Clip Joint Education’s Director of Studies Kerrie Bowen said the Certificate II in Salon Assistant has been recognised by industry as the best pathway for pre-apprenticeship.

“The combination of Academy training and work placement will improve outcomes by ensuring students understand and enjoy working in a salon environment before committing to a 3.5-year apprenticeship,” Ms Bowen said.

Skilling South Australia is a partnership with the Federal Government to create an additional 20,800 apprenticeships and traineeships over four years.

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