College and Work-Based Learning in Hairdressing - How to Improve the Perceived Skill Level

It has frustrated me for a long time, how the perceptions are very different between college training, and work based learning, whilst both are striving to achieve the same end result. That end result being excellent professionals in the hair and beauty industry, that in turn give back to their community and the industry as a whole. After being on both sides of the fence, so to speak, salon lecturer and professional hairdresser. I feel it has been a constant problem/clash between what is expected from employees and the skills students actually possess.

I would like to explore and diagnose this hypothesis further and delve into what the issues/problems are, if any, why they exist, evaluate my findings and take appropriate action where possible, and as a trainer what I could do about closing the divide between these two areas.