TECHNICAL TRADE: TAFE Hairdressing student Georgia Rowley practices techniques in Orange as part of compuslory training requirements. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
DESPITE industryfears requirements for hairdressing qualifications could be removed, TAFE Western is planning to start a barbering course next year.
The fears come amid aNSW government review into the Hairdressers Act 2003 and a recommendation to give the law the chop.
Under the law hairdressers are defined as having completed a Certificate III or an apprenticeship and those in the business say if it is removed it could mean anyone could start operating as a hairdresser and undercut those who have spent years getting to where they are.
Across the state more than 18,000 hairdressers have signed a petition to keep it a qualified profession on the Hair Stylists Australia website and several hairdressers in Orange including Iko Iko Hair senior hairdresser Jess Lamrockhave also spoken out against it.
As well as being vital for building skills Miss Lamrock said getting the righttraining was important forworking safely in a salon and using chemicals for hair dyes and perming solutions.
TAFE Western Orange College hair and beauty team leader Tracey Elliott said the campus is a leading hairdressertraining sitein the region andoffers aCertificate II inHairdressing (Salon Assistant) and a Certificate III in Hairdressing.
“In 2017,TAFE Western Orange College will also introduce a Certificate III inBarbering course,” she said.
“These courses cover important aspects of hairdressing including cutting,colouring, working with chemicals and also focus on current industrytrends.”
Mrs Elliott said an important aspect of the training is hands on hairdressing experience which helps students’skills and knowledge of theindustry begin to develop quickly andcontinue to progress through the entirety of theircourse.
“Employers embrace apprenticeships as their preferred training method,” Mrs Elliott said.
Coupled with the TAFE studies she said apprenticeslearn the highest qualityskills to develop into fully functional hairdressers.
“TAFE Western believes it’s vitally important that all hairdressers undertakerigorous training and education to ensure they are workplace ready,” she said.
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