HOB Salons Wins National Apprenticeship Award

Published 29th Feb 2024 by Josie Jackson

HOB Salons has proved the high quality of its apprenticeship programme after winning a prestigious Annual Apprenticeship Conference (AAC) Award.

HOB Salons was announced as SME Apprenticeship Employer of the Year at the tenth AAC Gala Dinner, held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on 27 February. The AAC awards ceremony, delivered in partnership with City and Guilds, attracted a record 380 nominations across the 20 categories, with 21 winners announced on the night.

HOB Salons impressed judges with its commitment to supporting apprentices both within its own company and externally via the highly sought-after Apprenticeship Academy programme. The programme offers external training for apprentices aged 16 and over from salons across the UK. It is widely recognised within the hairdressing industry, providing the perfect springboard for those looking for a fulfilling career in hairdressing or barbering. Now this recognition has extended beyond the hairdressing industry thanks to its AAC award.

Natasha Grossman, HOB Salon’s CEO, said: “We were winners of one of the biggest awards of the night. People from every industry within the apprenticeship sector in the UK entered, so it feels incredible to be named winner of the SME Apprentice Employer of the Year. Our vision was, and still is, to have a company and an industry full of future stars. Within the company, we offer every individual a defined pathway that can take them in any direction. From an apprenticeship with us they can go on to become a qualified hairdresser with a busy clientele, enter salon management, explore creative and education opportunities, or even open their own HOB salon franchise.

We also offer our apprenticeship training to all external salons so that we can support our entire industry in producing the future generation of hairdressers to the highest of standards. I'm so excited to watch this grow over the coming months and feel proud to be supporting our industry to ensure we have a bright and successful future.”

The HOB Academy apprenticeship programme is both work and Academy based, with learners spending four days per week at their employer’s salon and one day per week at the acclaimed HOB Apprenticeship Academy in Camden Town, London, learning both theory and practical skills. There is also the option of in-salon training from the Academy team for those unable to travel to London.

The programme, which takes between 18-24 months, is very much a partnership between HOB and the apprentice’s employer, with those completing the course awarded a Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals.

Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 29th Feb 2024

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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