On the face of it the hair and beauty sector is well served by education provision. However, this hides lack of provision in certain skill areas and potential learners and their future employers find it hard to navigate through the variety of providers, courses and qualifications on offer.
Quality of provision continues to be variable and the inspectorate reports have become increasingly generic. There is no industry recognised network of centres of excellence across the UK. Together, this hinders the progress of individuals and therefore, the future growth of the hair and beauty sector, because education programmes for skill gap areas and other solutions do not meet employment needs or are unavailable or inaccessible through:
- lack of skilled and knowledgeable staff to teach certain skill areas
- lack of knowledge of the range of education programmes and other solutions available
- lack of information about the quality of education programmes against industry benchmarks for employers and employed/self employed workers.