Salon owner Trisha Buller decided to do something to help people get the real-world skills needed to work in the hairdressing industry.
Trisha, who owns the Ciente salon in High Street, Berkhamsted, and her partner Colin Witt, have invested around £40,000 in Arrocca Hairdressing Training.
The purpose-built centre, in Dwights Yard, Berkhamsted, will take up to 20 school leavers and apprentices and train them to NVQ levels two and three. There is a theory room and a real salon where trainers, supported by the Joshua Galvin Academy, will teach everything from hair science to customer care.
Trisha, who has spent more than 30 years in the hairdressing business, has set out to improve the professional status of the industry. She says she sees people trying to enter the sector with expectations that they can just turn up and cut someone’s hair. And even those who have supposedly been trained seem to lack basic skills.
Trisha was joined at the Arrocca opening by MP David Morris, an ex-salon owner a champion of state registration for hairdressers in Parliament.
He said: “Trisha and her team have a great vision to offer high quality hairdressing training to people in their local area which I hope will provide quality education and employment opportunities.”
Ex-Watford football, Luther Blissett, who now helps young people in the area as part of his Team 48 motor racing business, attended the launch and was equally enthusiastic about the potential offered by the new facility.
He added: “I believe people like myself and Trisha who have had successful careers, have a responsibility to do what we can to help young people living locally to enjoy similar opportunities.”
David Steadman, of Berkhamsted Chamber of Trade also added his support.