1 in 5 office based employees are considering leaving their jobs to become their own boss in a more hands industry. And why not, according to City & Guilds Hairdressing is the second happiest occupation, can this be that more than 75,000 of them are their own boss?

1 in 5 office based employees are considering leaving their jobs to become their own boss in a more hands industry. And why not, according to City & Guilds Hairdressing is the second happiest occupation, can this be that more than 75,000 of them are their own boss?

 

Making a success of your salon can be a challenge. For many hairdressers and beauty therapists the obvious way to earn more is to open their own salon. However being a good hairdresser or beauty therapist does not necessarily give you the skills needed to run a business.

 

With over 40,000 hair and beauty salons in the UK receiving over 340 million client visits a year the need to fulfil their expectations in order to retain and develop business is essential.

 

City & Guilds will be showcasing its Level 4 Higher Level Qualification in Salon Management at Salon International this year. The level 4 qualification is designed to give hair and beauty salon owner/managers and freelance hairdressers and beauty therapists the tools to make their business a success.

 

The qualification covers technical units such as colour correction and hair, skin and scalp conditions, beauty therapy anatomy and physiology as well as different elements of managing a hairdressing/ beauty therapy business including producing business plans and marketing, sales and promotions and resource management.

 

Keith Embleton, Senior Manager for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy at City & Guilds says, 'With client expectations the highest they ever have been customer service and salon management are essential for success. The key to ensuring that high standards are achieved is through training, from the start at Level 1, and continuing through to Level 4 progressing each individual's career and in turn contributing to the sustained growth of the hair and beauty industry.'

 

It is estimated that over 200,000 people work in the hairdressing and beauty therapy industry(2) which prides itself on ensuring that training is up-to-date to accommodate the changing needs of their clients. But some members of the industry are concerned with that future growth of this buoyant industry will be undermined by a serious skills shortage, resulting from under-investment in recruitment and training.

 

For information on all City & Guilds courses, ranging from the new NVQ Level 1 Salon Services qualification aimed at 14-16 year olds, to the Higher Level Qualification in Salon Management (Level 4) come and visit City & Guilds/ HABIA at stand no 514 at Salon International.

 

City & Guilds will also be showcasing its NVQs in Hairdressing Levels 1-3 and Barbering Levels 2-3

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