Through SETA, a learnership programme has been launched in Aberdeen for aspiring hairdressers.
The programme is being run by Lorita Ehrke from Gauteng, director and principal of Excelsius, the Skills Development Provider. Lorita has been involved with shorter skills programmes in rural areas of Mpumalanga and Limpopo for many years, and is excited about imparting her vast array of skills and knowledge to the enthusiastic students in Aberdeen. This will be the first rural area where the company will be hosting a full qualification, which will be achieved after three years of training.
There were many more applicants than the 30 places available, o candidates were accepted on a first come, first served basis. Lorita already has plans in the pipeline to accommodate those who were disappointed in a later course, and is applying for more grants for Aberdeen. Each student will receive a stipend of R2 000 per month.
The opening event was held last week at Pagel House, and classes will start at the same venue on 15 April. The course is a mixture of practical and theory, and Lorita will be in attendance every month to monitor the standards.
The students are naturally keen to get started with some practical work, and in their first lesson will be taught the correct way to wash a client’s hair, practising on each other, and about reception duties.