A DURHAM hair salon has supported dozens of trainees since it first opened in 1963 and is keen to see more young people make the cut in the profession by choosing an Apprenticeship.
Domenico Barbaro, who took over Enzo Hairdressing in Durham city centre from his father Vincenzo in 1983, says the balance between practical and theoretical training, such as that provided by Durham Business Club, is what an apprentice needs for success in hairdressing.
He said: "Since the salon opened we have always supported Apprenticeships. As a business owner it is reassuring to know that an apprentice has experience of hands-on training in a real salon setting before they get to work on clients.
"The technical certificate gives apprentices the theoretical background, which we can’t always cover to sufficient depth in the salon, as well as training in key skills such as numeracy and communication – which are crucial in this business."
Lynsey Bell is the latest apprentice to pick up the scissors at Enzo Hairdressing.
The 17 year-old from Durham started the programme more than a year ago and is currently working towards an Apprenticeship funded by the LSC North East. Once it is completed, she has plans to go on to do her Advanced Apprenticeship.
And keeping it in the family, Domenico’s daughter Sofia, the latest Barbaro to be involved with the business, completed both her hairdressing Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship, also funded by the LSC North East, in 2005.