Just Cuts and VERTO collaborate to address national skills shortage

Budding hairdressers across NSW are set to benefit from an exciting new joint venture featuring Just Cuts and VERTO, which aims to attract more apprentices to a trade that is suffering from a national skills shortage.

The collaboration will see not-for-profit charity organisation, VERTO, exclusively sign-up and register all apprentices at Just Cuts. It is the first time in more than 30 years of operation that Just Cuts has employed apprentices Australia-wide.

Just Cuts CEO Amber Manning proudly launched the program in February which will see 50 apprenticeship positions available in NSW salons.

“I’m so inspired by this opportunity we’ve put together in partnership with VERTO,” Amber said.

“Just Cuts salon floor practical experience, combined with VERTO’s expertise in education and training gives these 50 NSW apprentices a pathway to salon success with the industry’s top employer.”

VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell said his organisation was proud to be working with Australia’s most iconic hairdressers to meet the needs of local communities, especially during a period of uncertainty because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“According to Australian Government predictions, the number of hairdressers employed Australia-wide grew from 57,400 in 2014 to 73,300 in 2019. Unfortunately, this figure is still nowhere near enough with an estimated 82,000 going to be employed in this industry by 2025,” Mr Maxwell said.

“Just Cuts, VERTO and the State Training Services identified the need to address this skills shortage, because many metro and regional locations are crying out for highly skilled workers as demand continues to increase.”

The term of the Just Cuts apprenticeships will be three years, including two years learning full-time at TAFE. Under the current Federal Government Apprenticeship incentive program, each apprentice will receive $1000 after completing the first 12 months of their apprenticeship, and a further $1000 at the successful conclusion of their apprenticeship as an incentive to work in a national skill shortage identified industry.

For more information about all upcoming Just Cuts apprenticeships, visit https://www.justcuts.com.au/careers/current-vacancies. For all other apprenticeship information, visit www.verto.org.au.