Trailblazer salons shape the future of apprenticeships in new government scheme


A group of hairdressers, barber shops and beauty salons has been selected as part of a government programme to help map out the future of apprenticeship training.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced a group of 10 trailblazer businesses from the hair and beauty industry that will work to develop and test new models for more employer-based and employer-led standards for apprenticeships. The ambition is to develop apprenticeships that work for business of all sizes and include relevant, practical testing and grading.

The 10 trailblazer hair, beauty and barbering salons or salon chains are all leaders in their fields and also already working with the National Hairdressers’ Federation and the industry standards setting body Habia, both of which will provide administrative and assessment support for the programme.

Hellen Ward, managing director of Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa, will be leading the strategic group on hairdressing, and George Hammer, chairman of beauty salon Urban Retreat, will be doing the same for beauty.

Hammer commented, “The trailblazer reform programme is a massive opportunity for our industry to create meaningful, relevant apprenticeships. It is about ensuring employers can be confident apprentices have the basic skills they needs so making them vastly more attractive as future employees.”