With men’s hair being such a massive facet of modern hairdressing, the Kangan Institute is proud to offer a new national barbering qualification (a 10 month Certificate III in the discipline) at their Richmond campus.

“There’s a significant demand for skilled staff in the barbering industry all around the country and our course reflects this skills gap,” said Kangan Institute’s creative industries manager Katrina Jojkity. “Classes for our pilot intake [soft-launched last September] were filled to capacity. We received immense interest from young learners, career changers and existing workers, and we anticipate 2017 to be no different. We’re also anticipating stronger partnerships with barber shops this year as we explore a new apprenticeship stream to customise training to individual salon needs.”

The course officially launched last week, and will cover traditional and urban barbering units to nurture a diverse range of men’s haircare skill sets and ensure all students leave the course barber shop-ready.

“The Certificate III in Barbering was officially endorsed as a national qualification only last year and Kangan Institute is one of the first TAFEs to offer this new course,” said Katrina. “Our focus on real career outcomes means that our course is developed in consultation with barbers across Melbourne, with students taught by experienced professionals at our purpose-built training salon.”

“They also have opportunities to access work placements at actual barber shops to get their foot in the door,” she continued. “Our expertise also means that we’re here to support existing barbering staff with onsite training to get their skills formally recognised in line with a national qualification.”

For more information visit kangan.edu.au