Business feature: Apprentices in hairdressing in hot demand

Amanda Boone (bottom left) with the Arteke Salon Collective family of stylists and apprentices in Nelson Bay.
Amanda Boone (bottom left) with the Arteke Salon Collective family of stylists and apprentices in Nelson Bay.

While gaining a university degree can be advantageous, it’s certainly not the right path for everyone. In fact, thanks to government incentives, the benefit of earning whilst you train and strong career prospects, apprenticeships are continuing to grow in popularity, with many less inclined to take on the cost of university study and the inevitable debt that goes with it.

Apprenticeships offer a great career pathway, they combine on-the-job training with classroom study and ensure that skills gained are relevant. With apprentices earning a salary, it’s an extremely positive start for many.

Hairdressing apprenticeships have long been established. With over 70,000 people employed in the industry across Australia, it’s the largest segment within the booming hair and beauty sector and offers a career that combines creativity, social stimulation and a skill set you can take all over the world.

Amanda Boone, owner of Arteke Salon Collective, has been working in the industry for 25 years and is hugely passionate about the work that she does and the opportunities salons like hers can offer.

“There’s few jobs that provide such a great level of social interaction and ongoing creativity like hairdressing can. Everyday is different, every client is different and because there’s so many different facets to the industry there’s plenty of challenge for those hungry for variety,” she says.

Set in the heart of Nelson Bay, the stylish salon offers a state of the art fit out, a green approach to hairdressing - using organic product and an ongoing commitment to staff development.

The team at Arteke are highly regarded, with Amanda offering extensive ongoing training and a unique buddy system that enables senior staff to mentor apprentices. As a Silver Salon Select member of the Australian Hairdressing Council, the industry regulatory body, the business is committed to best practice, ethical employment practices and maintaining the high standard of work it has become renowned for.

While business is thriving, attracting new apprentices has been a challenge. It’s an issue that many salons experience and one that Amanda is determined to overcome.

“ I’m absolutely committed to continue to grow the next generation of stylists in the region and so we will be employing a new apprentice every 6 months here at Arteke, everyone is welcome to apply, males, females, school leavers or mature age apprentices,”

Offering senior staff above award rates and a love for the job that is highly contagious, Amanda is proud of the opportunities she can provide and is looking forward to seeing the next wave of talent embark in their career in the hairdressing industry.