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Hairdressers warn of apprentice shortage

Hairdressers fear a future staffing crisis as the pandemic has caused the already decreasing number of apprentices to fall further.
The number of people starting hairdressing apprenticeships in England had halved between 2016 and 2020.
The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) expects another drop of 30 to 50% in the coming year.
The skills minister said any employer who took on a new apprentice before 30 September 2021 would get £3,000.
Richard Lambert, the NHBF's chief executive, believes the lack of apprentices now could have a lasting impact.
"We've seen from other industries which have gone through recessions, construction for example, that if you have a period of a gap with apprentices coming in, that gap can then be seen through the whole of the career arc over the next forty years," he added.
His organisation estimates that the number of people starting hairdressing and barbering apprenticeships has dropped from 15,450 in 2016/17 to around 7,000 in 2019/20.

Hairdressers fear staff crisis after apprentice shortage - BBC News
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