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Hairdressing IT'S been scissors at the ready this week as we've made headway into the job scene in the world of hairdressing. We find the places that currently have vacancies, bringing you the lowdown on who is recruiting, and where, and what it's really like working in the sector HAIRDRESSERS and barbers are booming despite the tough economic climate, and as part of our Get Britain Working campaign we've found 15,812 related jobs.

With an annual turnover of PS5.25billion, a workforce of 245,000 people and some 37.8million customers, things are pretty buoyant for the salon industry.

"There will always be a demand for hairdressing services, and the sky really is the limit if you have the drive and determination to succeed," says Sarah Bleackley, head of hairdressing at Bolton College.

It's a particularly good profession for youngsters in search of training.

"There are so many fantastic opportunities available for people who are looking to start a career in the hair and beauty industry," says Sarah.

"It's a trade that continues to be popular with learners and apprentices of all ages.

"At Bolton College alone so many of the students and apprentices have made excellent progress and have opened up their own successful salon businesses in the local area."

WHERE ARE THE JOBS? We found 3,502 jobs online but industry leaders insist there are at least another 12,310 up for grabs in the UK's 34,000 salons and 3,000 barber shops.

At www.gov.uk/jobs-jobsearch - the Government's "universal jobmatch" - we found 2,402 jobs including roles for a trainee stylist in Sheffield, a barber in Truro, Cornwall, and hair stylists of different levels of experience in Manchester, North Shields in Tyneside, Nottingham, Penzance in Cornwall, and Northallerton in North Yorks. All salaries are negotiable.

Many of the jobs for more experienced stylists are on a self-employed b i h basis, which means you are responsible for paying your own tax and national insurance contributions. At www.fish4jobs.co.uk there are 234 jobs going, including openings for an evening hair and beauty technician in Southport, Merseyside (from PS4,902.14-a-year), and a lecturer in hair and beauty at Middlesbrough College (from PS12.10-an-hour).

At www.reed.co.uk there were 365 jobs, including a salon manager in Bracknell, Berks, (from PS16,995), a hair products sales rep in Milton Keynes (from PS18,000), and even a hairdresser/stylist in Barbados (from PS18,000).

Also, check out www.styletechrecruitment.co.uk, where there are 288 jobs advertised, including stylist roles in Cornwall and Portsmouth. More opportunities can be found at www.hairandbeautyjobs.com. The 213 jobs we spotted included stylist jobs for gym giant Fitness First.

Local salons rarely advertise vacancies online. They rely on jobseekers coming to them with their CVs or spotting adverts in the window and local press. advertise vacancies bseekers coming s or spotting w and local a r TRAINING You can train as a hairdresser either full-time or part-time at a college, or by working as a trainee, learning on the job and attending college on day release.

y Take a look at NVQs in hairdressing and barbering. VQs a? L'Oreal Professionnelis one of several companies that run training courses in partnership with further education colleges and universities, and a great source of information on all training options is the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority.

You may also be able to get into work through an apprenticeship scheme, and you can develop your career by completing some higher level qualifications, including Btec HNC/HND and foundation degrees in hairdressing. These are usually combined with salon management.

a d ess g es with salo The Bea tra e? The Freelance hair and Beauty Federationoffers training on planning, establishing and managing your own hairdressing business, as well as ongoing training and Continuing Personal Development.

PSee www.fhbf.org.uk for details.

for CONTACTS ? The Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority, www.habia.org.

The Beau? L'Oreal Professionnel, www.lorealprofessionnel.co.uk.

The Freelance hair and Beauty Federation, www.fhbf.org.uk.

Find out about apprenticeships by visiting www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

For further education courses, Bolton College, www.boltoncollege.ac.uk.

WORKER'S VIEW NICK Woodfin couldn't decide whether he wanted to be a firefighter or a barber when he left school last year.

To help him make up his mind he started a course at a college in Bolton in public services.

"I just didn't like it," says the 17-year-old. "The work didn't suit me and I found it tough.

"I asked the college if I could transfer to do the full-time course in hairdressing and thankfully they agreed."

While he was waiting for the new course to start in September Nick heard that a local barber, Dean Cocozza, might be looking for an apprentice.

"I went down to meet Dean and he agreed to take me on. I was so chuffed.

"It meant that I switched from the full-time, two-year course to one day a fortnight.

"It felt like the perfect way to start my training and work towards my Level 2 barbering NVQ," he says.

Only three months ago, Nick finally started on the job he instantly loved.

"It's such a great environment to be in - no two days are the same and there is so much to learn. I'm still at the stage where I'm looking over shoulders watching how it's done, and I make a lot of tea and coffee! I love chatting to customers."

It is during college time that Nick gets to physically learn the art of cutting hair as well as other relevant subjects such as health and safety.

"I practise on a doll's head but it won't be long before I'm able to work with real clients.

"It's great to know I'm learning skills that will see me though a good career."

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