You might have heard about service industries experiencing increased demand. From restaurants to spas, the desire for our services has increased with new and existing patrons, but the workforce has not multiplied to accommodate that shift.
I’ll teach anybody. Even first graders.
Glass Door Salon would like to grow a new pair of capable hands through an apprenticeship. (That said, we absolutely have room for experienced stylists, too.) While an apprenticeship is a starting position, a beginner’s job, there are multiple benefits from on-the-job training. Suzanna Spears, Glass Door Salon’s owner, began her career in 2003 as an apprentice. These are her words:
“Right now, pursuing a Virginia cosmetology license outside of high school can cost between $15,000-$20,000. By taking on an apprenticeship, instead of paying to learn, you’re being paid to learn. By the time you get your license, you’ve already begun to build a following of clients who are satisfied with your services. It’s a win-win! I couldn’t believe how well I was doing financially after only three years from the day I began my apprenticeship. And I had only trained under one stylist!
At Glass Door Salon, we have three stylists ready to hold weekly classes. Noah, Emma, and I have a combined 57 years of experience between the three of us. Noah used to work the runways of Milan and Paris. He did Giselle’s hair when she was a teen model! His years in the fashion world have landed his work on the front of more magazine covers and ad campaigns than any of us can keep track of.
Emma and Suzanna with Pulp Riot sensation Samantha Smith-Daly at the Philly hair show.
Emma is an absolute wizard with fashion color. Name a color of the rainbow and she can execute it without breaking a sweat. And I? I can look at an image and recreate it. Hair doesn’t scare me. One of my favorite pastimes is “damage control appointments,” correcting cuts and colors that have gone wrong. Between Noah’s training through Vidal Sassoon and teaching for both Bumble & Bumble and Redken, and between Emma’s background with Paul Mitchel, and between my background as an American Board Certified Haircolorist and my psychological grasp of consulting and truly understanding my clients, we have a boatload of knowledge to unload.
I hope that we can find a candidate who loves this industry and can soak up knowledge like a sponge!”
By the standards of the Department of Labor and Industry, apprentices have to work between 30-40 hours a week. Our apprentice’s schedule would be set on a two week rotation:
Essentially, Wednesday would be a short day that starts with a one hour class. The two weeks would alternate between a Friday shift and a Saturday shift.
Noah could barely reach this model!
Apprentices make commission and tips on the services. Should that ever fall below minimum wage (doubtful), the salon would pay the difference. Before qualifying for state board exams, apprentices would have to finish 3,000 hours of on the job training and complete a required theory course at a local school. The minimum age requirement for apprentices is 18.
Fingers crossed and prayers lifted that we find our match!