Habia urge industry professionals to “have your say” as new trailblazer apprenticeship standards are launched


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Industry professionals are being sought to contribute their expert views and ideas for the new-look employer-led apprenticeships as part of the trailblazer consultation programme.

Hairdressers, barbers, nail technicians, beauty and spa therapists are urged to take part in an online survey that accompanies the first draft of the trailblazer apprenticeships reform strategy, which was published on Friday.

Developed by a group of 10 individual trailblazer salons, the initiative is supported by the industry standards-setting body Habia and the National Hairdressers’ Federation, and seeks to shape the future of apprenticeships. It aims to ensure a more rigorous process that is responsive to the needs of employers, ensuring businesses have the right skills and knowledge for their future workforce.

Helen Ward, managing director of Richard Ward Hair and leader of the trailblazer hairdressing strategic group, explains why it is vital for employers to get involved and make their views known:

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create apprenticeship standards that really work for our industry, so I strongly encourage all employers to take the time to sit down and read through our draft document carefully.”

She adds, “It is vital people provide feedback to ensure we get this process right for employers and for all the young people keen to come into our great industry.”

The online surveys for each sector can be found at Habia.org/apprenticeships/c/2116/trailblazer until 28 May 2014.


Habia and the NHF are hosting three free events this week to explain the draft standards and principles behind them:

Monday 19 May, 5.30-7pm – Pulton-le-Flyde, Lancashire
Tuesday 20 May, 5.30-7pm – West Smithfield, London
Wednesday 21 May, 5.30-7pm – Nottingham

To book your place, visit Nhf.info/events