Amy Rogers, who opened her salon in April, with Steve Churcher, owner of Haha Picture: Habibur Rahman
Amy Rogers Hairdressing in Stoke Road, Gosport, has opened its training academy this week, in partnership with HaHa Training.
Amy Rogers, 39, from Gosport, said her training stands out because it’s modern, current to the industry and adapts to new trends.
She said: ‘It’s current, because I am in the industry, I can give a far better quality of training. It’s really a passion of mine to try and make a change. These kids go to college and they cannot get jobs at the end of their apprenticeship because they’re not trained well enough.’
Amy Rogers with staff and visitors Picture: Habibur Rahman
Amy has a passion for teaching, and wants to team up with employers to ensure that the standard of training that apprentices are receiving is improved. She said that she knows other employers in the industry share her view, so she wants to make a positive change.
Amy said: ‘When I did my teaching qualification, I did a survey and it shocked me that other employers felt the same as me, so they all must feel that at the end of this 18-month apprenticeship, their students are not able to run a full column, so it’s quite worrying from an employer’s point of view.
‘You need them to be established, you need them to have clients otherwise you can’t afford to keep them on, so I just really want to try and give them the best I can. The end goal is employability so I just want to make a change.’
Additionally, she aims to work together with other salons in the area, to bring back a community feel and also ‘break the mould of hairdressers not liking other hairdressers.’
Amy said there are at least 14 other salons down Stoke Road and although she already works alongside Chris Stephens and Mark Sweeney salons, she wants to build partnerships with others.
She said: ‘I would really like to make a change with the way that hairdressers are towards each other. I want to collaborate with all of them because I want the apprentices to not just learn from me but I want them to learn from everybody and get the best they can.
‘I think we should unite a little bit more, so I really want to work with the other salons and just change the way that is.’
Amy believes that educating for the long term is important if bigger changes are going to be made in the industry. One way she wants to help this is by providing training for Level 3 qualifications for more experienced hairdressers to build their skills even further.
She said: ‘A lot of big name salons are only Level 2 qualified, so there’s an opportunity with me, as I’m an assessor, to get apprentices through their Level 3 qualification so then they can become assessors and examiners too, providing career progression also for the established hairdressers.’
Amy Rogers Hairdressing has plans to grow its team, with the training academy as its first step. Amy would love to eventually run training sessions which involve other salons, aiming to spread her training further than Gosport, and bring back the community feel within the salon industry.
To find out more about the apprenticeship, contact Amy Rogers Hairdressing on (023) 9217 5220 or on Facebook, or contact HaHa Training at [email protected]
Story by Sophie Murray
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