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Understanding skills supply and demand in the hairdressing industry: Report of stakeholder workshop

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Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET); Services SETA





The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), in collaboration with the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Services SETA) hosted a stakeholder workshop on Understanding Skills Supply and Demand in the Hairdressing Industry on 18 August 2017. The purpose of this workshop was to present the findings of a study on the hairdressing industry in South Africa, which was a collaborative initiative between the hosts. The rationale for this study stemmed from an observation by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, who noted the mismatch between declining enrolments into hairdressing programmes at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and the rapidly growing hairdressing industry in the country. The research focused on the availability and provisioning of hairdressing programmes at South African TVET colleges, including student enrolment in hairdressing programmes. It sought to determine the scope of hairdressing programmes in TVET colleges, including the curriculum and associated practical training. Furthermore, the study sought to determine the size, nature and economic contribution of the hairdressing industry in South Africa.

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