In 1986, the Hairdressing Training Board (HTB) was formed with the objective of working with employers, educators and government to design and implement training and education programmes for the hairdressing industry.
In 1997, HTB, HTB Scotland, and the Beauty Industry Authority (BIA) formed the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) to include the beauty therapy industry within its remit. Habia was formally launched by Dr Kim Howells, then Minister for Lifelong Learning, at that year's Salon International exhibition.
By 2001, the organisation was being referred to by its initials, HABIA, and by the end of 2004, we became 'Habia'. By this time, nail services and spa therapy had been added to Habia's remit.
Habia was officially recognised by the government as a National Training Organisation (NTO) until these were abolished in 2001.
Currently, Habia is recognised by the government as the Sector Skills Body (SSB) for the hair, beauty, nails and spa sectors (including barbering and African Caribbean hair).
The role of Sector Skills Bodiesis to represent industry sectors on matters such as training, skills, and business development, and to develop industry specific National Occupational Standards (NOS) which
form the basis of all qualifications including NVQs, SVQs, Apprenticeships, Diplomas and Foundation degrees, as well as industry codes of practice.
Our key objectives are to:
· Reduce skills gaps
· Improve productivity and performance in businesses
· Increase the skills and productivity of the workforce
· Improve the quality of learning through apprenticeships, higher education and NOS
· Represent industry on skills and business issues to government and its agencies
· Act as a first point of contact on industry issues to the media and other organisations.
As well as standards and qualifications development, Habia acts as a central point of contact for information, Habia provides guidance on careers, business development, legislation, salon safety and equal opportunities, and is responsible to government on industry issues such as education and skills.
Habia raises the profile of its industries through the press and media, and is the first port of call for news organisations and broadcasters on news items and background information.
Habia also delivers solutions direct to:
salons - to help them understand complex legislation such as health & safety and employment law, improve client retention and raise business performance;
employees - to gain the skills that employers need to stay up to date with client demand and the latest techniques, equipment and products, as well as where to go to access learning and suitable qualifications;
trainers - to deliver qualifications with training support manuals, and to create successful teaching programmes including induction and initial assessment;
learners - by offering books and teaching guides directly related to their studies, and by providing advice on career paths and qualifications.
As a not-for-profit organisation, everything you spend with Habia is invested straight back into your industry.
Habia is the Sector Skills Body (SSB) for the hair, beauty, nails, spa, barbering and African type hair industries.
Habia has nearly 40 staff based at its head office, covering all aspects of its work. Qualified and experienced hairdressers and beauty therapists, together with representatives in Scotland and Wales and personnel from an education and policy background, manage sector specific projects supported by administrative and research staff.
Our departments cover everything from IT to accounts, resources to DTP, research and development to distribution.
To support all these operations, Habia has a Business Development Group covering new product development, marketing, promotions and sales, as well as an in-house, full time communications team covering public, online and media relations, corporate materials and Habia News.