Salon owners across the country are keen to learn the skills necessary to seen their businesses thrive through the remainder of this year and beyond, whether that is through the acquisition of new devices, staff training or additional offerings.

Westpac and TAFE NSW are collaborating to offer free national education courses to 1,000 small businesses, including salons, to help them position their business for growth.

The Small Business Growth Series will run over 12-weeks and will equip salon owners with the skills to better manage during times of crisis, understand business risk, and improve digital and social media marketing.

The content will focus on how to innovate and implement change strategies to pivot business operations.

It will also cover developing online channels and how to identify risks and opportunities in the medium to long term.

Westpac Business division chief executive Guil Lima said the course will help address issues identified in the bank’s research, which found that three in five small businesses were not prepared for the pandemic and the impact it would have on their businesses.

Announcing the collaboration, Mr Lima said the initiative was a way to show support for the company’s small business customers.

“As Australia moves out of recession and into a period of growth, we want these businesses to be equipped with the latest thinking and business strategies to help them prosper,” Lima said in a statement.

New South Wales Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee, welcomed the collaboration and said skills training would play a vital role in preparing businesses for a post-pandemic environment.

“It’s great to see Westpac and TAFE NSW join forces to give small business owners the skills and training required to assist their business in the COVID-19 recovery,” Lee said.

“TAFE NSW has a strong track record of working with industry to provide businesses with the practical training they need to help their companies thrive,” he said.

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