Shaping A Career In Hairdressing

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14 October 2009

Shaping a career in hairdressing

Finding an apprentice with the right stuff has never been more challenging in the current

hairdressing skills shortage.  With demand for employable hairdressers at all levels increasing,

quality, qualified graduates are more important than ever. 

By opting to study at a vocational institute instead of a traditional apprenticeship, students are

receiving the skills required to work in a salon faster. 

The option to gain a Certificate three at a vocational institute instead of an apprenticeship is

becoming increasingly popular, the number of students increasing by 66 percent over five years.¹

At Carrick Institute of Education, students are trained by industry professionals and work in

simulated real life salons. Studying at a Certificate three level for one year equates to the same

qualification as a four year apprenticeship. 

The Service Industries Environmental Scan 2009 notes that “Business success largely depends on

the quality of the customer service that employees provide and their specialist skills and


Students have the flexibility to work in a salon part-time to gain important ‘real life’ salon

experience and then step straight into a professional hairdressing role after completing the one

year, Certificate three course. 

Students’ learn in a simulated salon environment with trained professionals and Carrick’s Hair

Studios are also open to the public giving students an opportunity to put their customer service and

hairdressing skills to the test. 

Carrick has stood the test of time because of the importance placed on working closely with

industry and developing relevant skills that hairdressers need in the fast paced salon environment. 


Carrick Education offers quality education and training programs to ensure students are fully equipped

to enter their chosen career. Carrick works closely with industry to create training and education

programs which cater to all sectors. Carrick's programs include English language, vocational and higher

education courses.

For media enquiries please contact Marketing and Communications Officer, Lucy Macdonald at or 03 9650 6877



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