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Industry Insight: Mature Aged Apprentices

Salons nation-wide are facing a similar problem – finding reliable and quality staff, and many of them are coming to the salon solution, hiring mature aged apprentices as a worthwhile investment into their salon. We say ‘investment’ because these apprentices earn 80 per cent of a qualified hairdresser’s wage, but the results can be very worthwhile.

One salon franchise that has benefited from this entrepreneurial decision is Franck Provost Paris, which has made use of mature aged apprentices within their rapidly growing national salon empire. The franchise employs mature aged apprentices at their Macquarie centre salon, as well as Breakfast Point and Beecroft.

Close-up of a hairdresser cutting the hair of a woman. Selective focus.

“For us, hiring mature apprentices is a big investment as their base wage is much higher than normal apprentices,” Franck Provost General Manager Raphael Veron explained. “However, we find that most of the time they are people who have a very good idea of what they want in life and why they are doing an apprenticeship in hairdressing. It makes them very reliable and dedicated team members. They are also hard workers and they are ready to work hard to get what they want. Until now we never had to complain about one of our mature apprentices in the network. They are all great people and we really want to help them to achieve their dream and become qualified hairstylists. At the end of the day, having apprentices is about investing on the future of your salon and on the industry in general. So it is better to invest on someone reliable on the long run, even if it costs a little bit more on the short term.”

These apprentices often come to the salon due to a career change, giving them alternate business and employment experience, and sometimes complementary skills that make them an ever greater asset to your hair salon team.

“I’ve worked as a makeup artist since 2001 and wanted to try my hand at hairdressing, as these two skills work really well together,” Karen Hudobro, who is a first year apprentice at Franck Provost Macquarie centre, shared of her personal experience. “I’ve done five different training sessions including an introduction to Franck Provost, consultation, two junior cutting courses and techni brush blowdrying. I’m really enjoying hairdressing and I’m so glad I made the move.” Top-tier education and practical learning experience in salon have made this transition more seamless. Karen may also be able to offer her clients additional makeup skills, allowing for an extra point of difference that benefits the salon.

For many salons, the benefit of age, wisdom, life experience and additional education or employment experience make the extra investment more than worthwhile, meaning we could see mature aged apprentices become a growing solution to employment problems.

Where does your salon fall on the topic of mature aged apprentices?

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