Advancing Education – Question 2: Should the beauty industry consider increased opportunities for graduates that allow for an apprenticeship, traineeship, or scholarship as options to create workplace opportunities?

Learning: The value of practical, hands-on experience is immeasurable and should be incorporated into the curriculum. Otherwise, the default option is to mould new, enthusiastic employees to your own standard.

Anh Hoang from Le Beauty said she dealt with a lot of people that come to her with zero minimal skills, and she trained them up to leave feeling confident, and hungry for work, but in most cases, they came back defeated.

Otto Mitter from Ex-Import Niche Products said there was nothing like real life experience, learning on the job, but it was sad when you saw people on an apprenticeship shoved down the back of the store,not really getting the support that they needed.

Pene Timberlake from Syneron Candela said we needed regulation not only to enhance the training that people were getting, but for the trainers as well.

Jess Goldenberg from The Therapist Co said “the big gap within this industry was the postgraduates and there was a huge deficit right now in staffing.

Kylie Scarf from Vamp Cosmetic Clinic said in her clinic, staff had to have two to three years’ experience and must have worked outside of the immediate vicinity.

Karla McDiarmid from Macquarie Medi Spa said she would encourage everyone to come out and look in the country for jobs, because they cannot find people who are qualified.