Monday, 21 August, marked a significant milestone for aspiring hairdressers in County Tipperary with the grand opening of a new apprenticeship training programme and the unveiling of a refurbished hairdressing salon in Tipperary Education and Training Board’s (ETB) Templemore College.
This statutory, QQI Level 6 apprenticeship promises to provide a comprehensive hands-on learning experience, equipping budding hairstylists with the necessary skills to pursue successful careers in the vibrant world of hairdressing. It will allow learners to attain a nationally recognised standard for the hairdressing industry in Ireland, and promotes hairdressing as a valid and exciting career opportunity.
The new apprenticeship, which will start in Templemore College later this year, has been designed to develop a nationally recognised skillset that’s responsive to the needs of the industry, through robust engagement with national industry and education experts.
To complement this exciting new learning experience, the Hairdressing Training Salon in Templemore College has undergone an extensive refurbishment to create a state-of-the-art facility that mirrors the ambiance and functionality of a professional salon. The salon now boasts cutting-edge equipment, modern styling stations and an array of top-quality hair products, ensuring apprentices receive hands-on training with the latest industry tools and techniques.
Industry expert, Jamie Greene, has been appointed to tutor the apprenticeship programme in Templemore. Jamie has 12 years of industry knowledge and experience in the hairdressing sector having worked and taught in the Hugh Campbell Hair Group, a busy 5-star salon in the heart of Limerick City, for the past 10 years.
Inspired by her love of teaching within the salon environment, Jamie entered further education to complete the senior trades examinations. When the National Hairdressing Apprenticeship started, Jamie was one of the first in the country to become a mentor. She comes to Templemore College after teaching as a Hairdressing Instructor at Limerick Clare ETB.
Jamie competed in several competitions in the Hugh Campbell Hairdressing Group and was placed 1st in 2016 and 3rd in 2018 for the looks she created.
She has also worked on fashion shows including the Brown Thomas Autumn/Winter show in Adare Manor, and worked with many of the country’s foremost fashion experts, including Celia Holman Lee for various fashion shows and magazine shoots including one for VIP magazine.
The National Hairdressing Apprenticeship is a three-year programme where students will work four days in a salon and come to Templemore College one day per week. The programme aims to ensure that theoretical learning in a Further Education and Training (FET) Centre or college is reinforced by the practical experience of undertaking a job in the industry. It allows the participant to absorb workplace culture and business processes, while honing employability skills. It is a QQI Level 6 Major Award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Training Services Manager at Tipperary ETB, Matthew Ryan, is responsible for the management and coordination of all apprenticeship programmes in the county:
“We are thrilled to introduce this apprenticeship training programme, which will provide aspiring hairdressers with the skills they need to thrive in a dynamic industry.
“By partnering with local salons, we ensure that our apprentices receive real-world experience and mentorship from industry professionals”.
Expressions of interest are being sought from hairdressing employers in Tipperary for apprentices to join the new programme. Applications will close at the end of August, and any employer seeking to place an apprentice on the programme should make contact with Tipperary ETB Apprenticeship Services by calling 052 6191431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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