Cosmetology

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    Barber Esthetician
    Cosmetologist Manicurist
    Customer Service Coordinator  
    THE WORK

    Cosmetologists are designers of all levels. They cover a wide array of cosmetology skills, including hair sculpture/cutting for women, men and children, perm design, color design, long hair and special-occasion design, ethnic hair, nails, skin, makeup, and wardrobe. They must also be skilled in professional ethics, public and personal health and hygiene, laboratory work, industry-based chemistry, safe storage and handling of chemicals, receptionist duties and possess client communication skills. For their clients, looking good is the bottom line.

    WORKING CONDITIONS

    Work is conducted indoors, at one of the program's participating salons. The program recruits the best and brightest applicants from high schools, cosmetology schools, state job-training programs and existing license holders who wish to re-enter the industry. Once an apprentice is hired by a participating salon, regular wage increases are provided as skills increase. Each participating salon offers its own career pathway for technical, professional, personal and mentor skills. This allows for long-term employability and at the same time, ensures career growth, wage progression, self-esteem, higher levels of performance and contribution to the salon's success.

    THE APPRENTICESHIP

    The program consists of 2000 - 4000 hours (1-2 years) of on-the-job training with a participating salon, including another 144 hours of related classroom instruction focusing on the cosmetology business, customer-service skills and its importance and usage in the workplace. This quality education includes a series of eight 2-day workshops focusing on the synergy and the apprentices, apprentice responsibility and accountability, becoming part of the salon's team, how to treat clients, their own personal mission, projecting the proper image and secrets of a successful professional salon. After all requirements are met, the apprentice becomes a certified journeylevel worker, receiving a state-issued certificate. The Pivot Point Master Designer System is also taught to the apprentice who learns at their own pace by reviewing video instructions and working under the guidance of a journeylevel person.

    APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
    • At least 18 years of age.
    • High school graduate or provide proof of equivalent education attainment.
    • Physically able to perform the work safely.
    • Possess a cosmetology license as required by the Department of Licensing.

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