A new frontier in the salon industry is here with PaTH, a collaboration between the National Retail Association (NRA), The Craft by Sharon Blain and the Australian Government (Department of Education, Skills and Employment) to address industry-wide staff shortages.

Titled PaTH-Cutting Edge Careers, the program has been developed to incorporate referral and recruitment of national candidates to the program through employment services providers. This will aid salons in finding staff and reduce the greater burden on the industry. The program is at no cost to employers and even can attract subsidies when taking on candidates in the internship component.

“For those of you who know me as a proud and active member of the hair industry now for over 55 years, you’ll know how incredibly passionate I am about finding solutions to the greatest daily challenges we face as hairdressers, barbers, and salon owners. One of the key industry threats affecting so many of us is the lack of access to engaged and trained staff – especially if you’re in dire need of salon assistants or apprentices,” said industry legend Sharon Blain. “Now in collaboration with the National Retail Association, we are so incredibly proud to present to you the incredibly simple answer to this burning problem!”

In the program, candidates will be prepared with a short pre-employment readiness training program that develops essential skills for both hairdressing or barbering employment pathways, arriving to the salon with confidence, knowledge and skills to elevate the salon. This education is delivered through incomparable hairdressing education platform The Craft by Sharon Blain. Participants then undertake a four-week internship for 15 to 25 hours a week at a hairdressing salon or barbershop, which could lead to employment or a SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing Apprenticeship or SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering Apprenticeship.

The National Retail Association (NRA) are seeking committed employers who have current job vacancies and are ready to take on suitable candidates for this trial for three days a week of four weeks, with current vacancies in QLD, NSW, SA, WA, NT, and VIC.

The program will find engaged candidates and elevate them with an incomparable pre-employment readiness program facilitated by Sharon Blain in a platform that finds interns and possible employees for salons at no cost and with subsidy options. Get involved now for all these benefits to salons.

For more information visit path@nra.net.au