PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION
This qualification enables learners to develop towards becoming professional hairdressers. This is the first of three qualifications which culminate in a professional hairdressing qualification. This Qualification is designed to serve as an introduction to the hairdressing industry and provide the learner with the basics of hairdressing. In particular, the NQF Level 2 qualification should result in the learner becoming a competent Operator, capable of:
· Operating safely within the salon environment.
· Maintaining professional standards of hygiene and image.
· Completing straightforward hairdressing services, such as shampooing and conditioning, unsupervised.
· Competently assisting the professional stylist with more complex services.
The elective unit standards provide for a wide range of possible areas of focus from providing an early opportunity to tackle units standards such as dreadlocks and braiding which are core unit standards at later levels, through some computer-oriented unit standards on email, the internet and word-processing, to more specialised salon areas such as advanced massage.
Job market entrants often have little or no exposure to generic hairdressing or self-management and therefore often fail to make a success of a career in hairdressing.
Central to the rationale for this Qualification is the development of a culture of professionalism and service excellence in the hairdressing industry. This Qualification will provide for breadth and flexibility to match the needs of the learners, employers and industry as a whole. It will give the learners the key skills essential to be able to function effectively as flexible, adaptable and competitive hairdressers and for a lifelong career in hairdressing.
These skills will make the learners employable and they will be able to make effective contributions to the hairdressing business by being able to apply the acquired knowledge and skills.
The qualification allows a successful learner to follow a career in such occupations as:
- Hair Salon Practitioner
- Hair Stylist
- Hairdresser Consultant
- Junior Hairdresser
- Image and Deportment Advisor
- Store Merchandiser
- Retail Trade
- Junior Receptionist
- Stock Controller
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