Young workers aren't cutting it, claims hairdressing guru

Young workers aren't cutting it, claims hairdressing guru

Young workers aren't cutting it, claims hairdressing guru

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ONE of Hampshire’s leading barbers has expressed his concerns to the Prime Minister about the education of young people going into the world of work.

Trevor Mitchell, who owns salons across the county, said that he is worried about how young people have a lack of “work ethic” as a result of less on-the-job training.

In a letter to David Cameron, Mr Mitchell said that he has taken on dozens of college graduates who fail to meet the skill-set required to cut it in hairdressing, and the problem is becoming critical for those in the hairdressing industry in the UK.

He said: “I have no problem in principle with attending college to pursue the art of hairdressing but the courses are delivered, I feel, in a very diluted way and are very heavily biased towards academic learning, with a shortage of on-the-job training within the steadying environment of a salon.

“They follow the ‘bags of leave’ school ethic and even the hours do little to replicate a hard day’s slog in a salon, not to mention not having to work on Saturday.”

He added that he has had to re-train many of his employees because of this, and he is also concerned that the minimum wage is hindering employers.

He added: “It certainly comes to something when our industry’s hard-working salon owners and managers could be facing the wrath of our own Government with their introduction to a “name and shame campaign” coupled with potential £5,000 fines for not paying the minimum wage.

“Don’t they realise that the cream of our hairdressing nation was founded on tough apprenticeships filled by ambitious and hungry youngsters who never received the minimum wage until they qualified?”

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1:57am Sun 6 Apr 14

Hampshire Rose says...

Perhaps Mr Mitchell should look his own salons. My daughter had an interview at his Romsey salon for a Saturday job, was told that she had been successful and to phone in a week for a starting date. Over 20 phonecalls in an 8 week period I told her to give up. She was seriously hoping that this could have lead to kind of apprenticeship and minimum wage that he is advocating.
Perhaps Mr Mitchell should look his own salons. My daughter had an interview at his Romsey salon for a Saturday job, was told that she had been successful and to phone in a week for a starting date. Over 20 phonecalls in an 8 week period I told her to give up. She was seriously hoping that this could have lead to kind of apprenticeship and minimum wage that he is advocating. Hampshire Rose
  • Score: 10

3:17am Sun 6 Apr 14

Turtlebay says...

Mr Mitchell should buckle down and realise that he can't treat his employees like slaves any more. He's worried about paying the minimum wage? He should be paying a premium to attract good staff not dabbling with peanuts which only attracts monkeys!
Mr Mitchell should buckle down and realise that he can't treat his employees like slaves any more. He's worried about paying the minimum wage? He should be paying a premium to attract good staff not dabbling with peanuts which only attracts monkeys! Turtlebay
  • Score: 12

7:49am Sun 6 Apr 14

good-gosh says...

Why is it that after every haircut, I wish I hadn't?
Why is it that after every haircut, I wish I hadn't? good-gosh
  • Score: 3

8:25am Tue 8 Apr 14

Hampshire Rose says...

What a shame that neither Mr Mitchell or his staff have commented on here. Hairdressing has always been a low paid job until qualified. The government are simply ensuring that slave labour is a this g of the past. Many apprenticeships used to require the deposit of a bond .
What a shame that neither Mr Mitchell or his staff have commented on here. Hairdressing has always been a low paid job until qualified. The government are simply ensuring that slave labour is a this g of the past. Many apprenticeships used to require the deposit of a bond . Hampshire Rose
  • Score: 1

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