Recently ETC ran an exciting Barbering pre-employment program for budding barbers on the Gold Coast, through the Local Jobs Program Initiative.
Completing units from the Certificate III in Barbering, this short 4-week course was designed to help participants start their pathway into the industry.
The outcome for participants was overwhelmingly positive, with great feedback from industry, students, trainers and the RTO’s involved.
The training was delivered in partnership with two local Registered Training Organisations, which are also fully functional Barbershops.
With these passionate and enthusiastic education partners at their side to supervise, this was a great way for participants to start their journey into the industry.
Student Raekwon from The Barber Academy said that barbering was something that he’d always been interested in.
“I’ve always cut my mates hair in the past, and was really keen to get into the industry, so when I saw this course come up through ETC, I was really interested to give it a go.”
Raekwon said in the future, he’d love to open his own multi-space barber shop, where he’d also sell his own branded clothes.
Working in fully functioning and bustling barbershops helped the program participants build confidence, progress their skill level and learn how to interact with real customers.
These on-the-job skills will make it easier for the participants to find employment in the Barbering or Hairdressing industry after completion of the program.
Director Leonne from The Australian Institute of Barbering said that learning workplace practices, like how a barbershop floor is run, and how to operate the booking system will be a huge asset for the students when approaching employers.
“This understanding in combination with learning scissor techniques, clipper over comb plus work health and safety is really beneficial.”
During the program, the keen and creative-minded group completed four theory units – including an important mental health component.
They also gained practical experience with basic scissor techniques like fading or short back and sides.
Then mid-way through the program, participants were given their own amazing tool kit to ensure they had all the equipment needed to move into employment.
ETC Business Account Manager Heidi Batista said, the program had positive feedback from participants and has helped them gain the essential experience necessary to be able to obtain Apprenticeships or employment within a Barber Shop.
“Out of the 10 participants who completed the program, 8 are wanting to commence into a Barbering or Hairdressing Apprenticeship, which is a great outcome,” Heidi said
In a growing industry, where employers are screaming out for barbers, this thoughtfully designed course has received a hugely positive response.
“The industry is crying out for people to come in to learn!” Directors Dee & Gareth from The Barber Academy said.
“The feedback we’ve had is that once participants have completed the course, and get all the tools, then the industry is just going to welcome them with open arms.”
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