It’s not often enough that hairdressing captures the attention of Parliament, so with great interest we learn that headromance of Havant, Hampshire got mentioned in the House of Commons on Tuesday 30th June. Mr Alan Mak MP posed a question to the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, asking about measures taken to promote apprenticeships, and quoting headromance as a successful young business which is nurturing 5 apprentices alongside 10 stylists. How fantastic that salon directors Emily Warne and Peter Gibbs have forged such a relationship with their MP that he quotes them. A lesson in proactivity, we feel! Read what Emily says on the subject of apprenticeships:
“Apprenticeships are (in my opinion) the best way to learn for ‘hands on’ and creative people, working alongside experienced team members, watching and learning means your skill can be picked up quicker than being sat in a classroom.
“Our apprentices typically take between 1-2yrs to qualify, in that time the apprentices don’t earn any money for the salon yet the business still pays them a wage and holiday pay throughout their time training.
“As we are educating these young professionals, giving them a skill to the highest standard and a career for life, I believe we should be supported by the government.
“headromance recently celebrated our third anniversary and in that time we have employed 14 full time apprentices. Although we had applied for government funding to help support the apprentices, the extremely strict rules on who is eligible meant that all applications were denied.
“It’s a struggle for small businesses and things need to change to enable to drive Britain’s future. Fellow director Peter Gibbs and I have spent a lot of time with our local Conservative MP Alan Mak expressing our concerns. As a young businessman himself, Alan is very supportive of headromance, its success and its future and he was keen to help.”
Developing a relationship with your local MP is very important, particularly if you want to make changes for the better.”
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