Increased popularity and local job opportunities has prompted the launch of a new barbering trade qualification in South Australia.
The Premier of South Australia, The Hon. Jay Weatherill MP launched the qualification, on behalf of the Hair and Beauty Industry Association of South Australia, at a special event in the city on Tuesday 14 March
The barbering industry has seen 100% growth over the past decade with the emergence of the ‘hipster’ barbering trend. More than 180 barber businesses are now registered in South Australia.
President of Hair and Beauty SA Rose Bradshaw says the Certificate III in Barbering is nationally-accredited and will provide a new industry standard.
“It’s not hairdressing – it’s barbering - and it validates this growing industry by providing a quality attainment standard for businesses and allows them to appoint and train apprentices,” she said.
The qualification is offered at TAFE SA at its recently refurbished training salon in the Adelaide Campus, supported by iconic barbering brand American Crew.
TAFE SA’s Hair and Beauty Education Manager Merrill Grattan said the first intake of students was a mix of male and female students, some looking to start a new career, some already trained in hairdressing and wanting the extra qualification, and some who have worked as barbers for years who want formal validation of their skills.
“It is an exciting time for the industry, with clear demand and job opportunities available,” she said.
For further information go to www.tafesa.edu.au/hb