Shaping Futures concludes another successful programme

Schwarzkopf-Professional-Shaping-Futures-class-of-October-2016Schwarzkopf Professional Shaping Futures recently hosted its second graduation ceremony for 2016. Another 30 newly trained students will be embarking on a journey to make their mark on the local hair care industry.

Shaping Futures is a global Schwarzkopf Professional initiative, which aims to provide opportunities for passionate hairstylists from disadvantaged backgrounds. Since its launch in November 2010, it has been introduced in 25 countries, benefitting more than 1 500 young adults and giving 250 dedicated volunteer trainers the opportunity to share their expertise.

Big break for budding hair care professionals

In South Africa, Shaping Futures addresses the need for formal hairdressing training, specifically among stylists with limited opportunities. The programme is presented by experienced South African and international stylists as well as trainers who volunteer their services. The aim is to equip up-and-coming stylists with the necessary skills and theoretical knowledge required in the hair care industry.

Through Shaping Futures, the graduates receive certification giving them physical proof of their knowledge and skills. The course also facilitates employment opportunities for the top performing students. The Shaping Futures team, in partnership with the Sharpeville Foundation and Lé Looks salons, have already secured job placements for almost 86 percent of the graduates from the first programme of 2016 held in March and April.

A glance at the programme

This year marks the first time Shaping Futures has hosted two programmes within the same year. Training once again took place at the state-of-the-art Le Looks Training Academy in the Johannesburg CBD. The curriculum covers cutting, styling, colouring, treatments, hygiene, salon ethics and image, as well as a business module. Students were also required to work as apprentices in salons on Saturdays to gain practical experience. In between, salon owners had a chance to interview the students for possible job placements.

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