Another exciting event at GKC Made Barbering Academy this week as we hosted the Scottish Networking Event for Hair, Barbering and Beauty. Emma Kite and Kerry Bamber from City and Guilds lead the event with updates on qualifications, resources and development within our industry, along with the drive to build a strong network across Scotland.
Our audience of lecturers/trainers from a range of FE colleges and salons participated with enthusiasm discussing the good, the not so good and 'the want' for all we teach to build a strong and creative workforce within both the hair and beauty industry. The Made team used this platform to promote our unique collaborative training model where industry Rebel Rebel Alan Findlay and GKC Tracy Leavy presented our fast track Barber training portfolio while pushing out our phase 2 future plan of providing up-skill opportunities to lecturers/ trainers and hairdressers.
We were delighted to have Jackie Slater from Dermalogica join us giving an interesting presentation on their training, new techniques and products along with a look and learn demonstration of facial pressure point massage. To finish Alan Findlay, our MADE creative director, provided a look and learn that defined the difference between a hairdresser vrs a barber designing a cut showing technique and finish between the two trades. Both come with creative technical skills but with the public looking for excellence in male influenced grooming demonstrated the need for dedicated barber training by barbers. Interesting statistics show number two top start up business of recent times is the Barber shop. Others in the top ten included the hospitality industry, hair and beauty salons and nail bars showing Hair and Beauty are the heartbeat of the UKs high street.
Many thanks to all that participated and we look forward to the next event.