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City and Guilds showcase new Hair NVQ Level 4 in Salon Management

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

Making a success of your salon can be a challenge. For many hairdressersand beauty therapists the obvious way to earn more is to open their ownsalon. However being a good hairdresser or beauty therapist does notnecessarily give you the skills needed to run a business.

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

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

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

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

It is estimated that over 200,000 people work in the hairdressing andbeauty therapy industry(2) which prides itself on ensuring that trainingis up-to-date to accommodate the changing needs of their clients. Butsome members of the industry are concerned with that future growth ofthis 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 NVQLevel 1 Salon Services qualification aimed at 14-16 year olds, to theHigher Level Qualification in Salon Management (Level 4) come and visitCity & Guilds/ HABIA at stand no 514 at Salon International.

City & Guilds will also be showcasing its NVQs in Hairdressing Levels1-3 and Barbering Levels 2-3

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