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Industry Showcase: Hairdressing & Barbering

By Emma Turner | Posted: Wednesday February 17, 2021

Everyone visits a hairdresser or barber at least once a year! This is why maintaining and training skilled workers in this industry is so important.

We are extremely lucky to have so many talented businesses in the Hair & Beauty Industry! In Dunedin, we have Bloke, and training facility Harrington Vaughan. In Eastern Southland, we have Scape & Finesse Hairdressing. 

Harrington Vaughan Academy of Hairdressing offers learners a range of hairdressing and Barbering qualifications to suit all levels. Learners can also gain practical experience at the Academy's Salon and Barbershop.

When asked about why this industry is such a youth-friendly one, Mandy Harrington responded; 

"We are not just about Hairdressing, it is about growing young people, giving people opportunities and social work. We have the ability to help young people here and help them gain meaningful employment. Being a hairdresser is all about building your client base around your personality and being able to have meaningful conversation." 

Bloke Barbers is centrally located and offers the three essential grooming needs; Hair Cuts, Hot Towel shaves & Beard Trims. Family owned and operated, Bloke has been a youth-friendly employer for over 5 years and are proven to training and upskilling youth. 

When asked how to maintain youth employees, Terry O'conner, co-owner says; 

"Where we can, we try and make the place as fun as possible, and that A, helps customers enjoy their experience and B, helps keep the environment a happy place to be for youth to work." 

Anna Hillis from Finesse Hair & Beauty in Gore says: 

"This industry is all about people it brings the opportunity to meet new people, new people from all different backgrounds. My advice would be to go in to a salon and get a day of experience to see if it is something that you would enjoy." 

You can check out all the opportunities that these guys are offering here: youthemployer.nz

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