Training recognition for hairdressers

Key speaker on the night, Kate Bellingham
Key speaker on the night, Kate Bellingham


The High Street salon was one of eight Hertfordshire firms to showcase its training and development programmes as a part of a celebratory dinner at Elstree Studios last Tuesday.

Videoclips from the eight companies were shown to an invited audience of more than 100 employers, training providers, local authority leaders and representatives from the University of Herts and business support services.

The company had been nominated for as part of celebrations to mark the end of the two-year Skills Support for the Workforce programme delivering workplace learning.

TV presenter and engineer Kate Bellingham was the key speaker. She talked about her work in championing young women to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), and encouraged the audience to share her passion for lifelong learning.

David Williams, cabinet member for enterprise, education and skills at Herts County Council, said: “Recognising and celebrating the achievements of these apprentices is very important.

“Not only does it help to raise the profile of apprenticeships as a fantastic career opportunity for young people, but it also demonstrates to employers how apprentices can help address the skills gaps which face a number of local businesses. Earlier this year we launched our Skills Strategy, which looks at how we can tackle this very issue.

“We need a skilled local workforce for a thriving economy in Herts, and supporting apprenticeships is a vital part of how we approach Hertfordshire’s workforce needs.”