Launch of National Hairdressing Apprenticeship in Cavan Crystal Hotel. The exciting new apprenticeship will be run through Cavan and Monaghan Education Training Board at Cavan Institute. Back (from left): Siobhan Duffy, CMETB authorised officer; Caroline Flanagan, CMETB authorised officer; Cllr Sarah O’Reilly, CMETB board member; Cllr Carmel Brady (FG, board member; Clare Murphy, Cavan Institute Hairdressing Department; Paula Granaghan, CMETB Apprenticeships; Sinead McKenna, CMETB Training Services and Cllr Madeleine Argue (FG), board member; front, Eamon Gardiner, NHA programme co-ordinator; Dr Fiona McGrath, chief executive, CMETB; Ann Marie Lacey, director, Cavan Institute; Cllr Clifford Kelly (FF), chairman of the Cavan Institute Board and Gerry McKenny, assistant principal, Cavan Institute.

National hairdressing apprenticeship launched in Cavan

Cavan Institute is set to deliver a national hairdressing apprenticeship from September.

Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) is currently enrolling for the apprenticeship leading to a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Hairdressing. This three-year programme will be delivered at Cavan Institute and apprentices will spend one day in college and four days a week on-the-job training with their employer.

CMETB in partnership with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) recently hosted an Employers Briefing for the new apprenticeship. Many local employers in the Cavan and Monaghan region attended the event.

Currently there is a skills shortage in hairdressing and many salons across the country are struggling to find suitably qualified hairdressers to sustain and grow their business. At the event, employers were advised how to become an apprenticeship employer and received details on the financial support, which consists of a €2,000 grant annually for each registered apprentice.

This programme is an opportunity for apprentices to launch an exciting career in hairdressing with many varied opportunities including self-employment, film and media work and international travel.

Dr Fiona McGrath, chief executive, CMETB, said: “Bringing the National Hairdressing Apprenticeship to the Cavan/Monaghan region is a great boost for the area, helping to serve local employers by addressing skill shortages and offering support by way of training grants and learning mentors. The apprenticeship route is an attractive option whereby students can ‘earn as they learn’ in their own locality.”

Sinead McKenna, training services manager, CMETB, said: “Many employers in attendance support our learners on a range of CMETB Programmes, and we are delighted to add the National Hairdressing Apprenticeship to our list of apprenticeships on offer within CMETB. According to SOLAS there are 6,500 Irish employers using the apprenticeship model to recruit and develop their talent pipeline.”

Hairdressers and potential apprentices seeking further information on this new apprenticeship can contact or or by telephone on 049-4353922.