Apprenticeships for the care-experienced

HITO (The Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation) and L’Oréal Launch Hair and Beauty Scholarships

Exciting news from the hair and beauty industry – with the launch of ten scholarships for care-experienced young people who want a career in the sector.

The scholarships will provide ten young people who have graduated from the “Face Your Future” programme to gain qualifications as barbers, beauty therapists, or hairdressers. The recipients will complete an apprenticeship through HITO, working in barbering, beauty, or hairdressing businesses, earning a wage and gaining workplace skills while they train.

The scholarships are available to 16-18 year olds currently in care or who have recently left care.

HITO CEO Kay Nelson said, “These scholarships will help HITO support New Zealand’s young people to build amazing careers and gain a potentially life changing qualification that is recognised around the world. Apprenticeships are the best way for young people to get qualified – they get hands-on skills in a real work environment, they are earning while they learn, and they end up with a qualification minus the student loan”.

These scholarships are an extension of L’Oréal’s existing partnership with Fostering Kids NZ. Together these two organisations have reached over 450 children during the last nine years, helping them to make positive and informed decisions about their future and inspiring them to believe anything is possible.

Tanya Abbott, L’Oréal NZ Corporate Communications, Michelle Strawbridge. L’Oréal NZ Human Resources Manager, The Hon. Paul Goldsmith, Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills, and Employment, and HITO Chief Executive Officer Kay Nelson (Photo by Mark Tantrum/

Tanya Abbott, L’Oréal New Zealand Corporate Communications Manager, says: “The partnership with HITO reinforces L’Oréal’s global commitment to professional education in the dynamic beauty industry. It also fuels our belief that making a difference in the world is a shared responsibility, which requires a collaborative mind-set and value added partnerships.

“L’Oréal is delighted to support the journey that starts with the decision by a young person to become a hairdresser, barber or beauty therapist and our hope is that this apprenticeship programme will open the door to new career opportunities for some of the country’s most vulnerable young people.”

The scholarships are just one part of an exciting new direction for HITO, spearheaded by CEO Kay Nelson.

On June 19, HITO celebrated the official opening of their new Head Office in Wellington, with Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Paul Goldsmith opening the premises. HITO is also taking part in New Zealand Fashion Week, giving young apprentices the chance to work backstage at New Zealand’s most exciting fashion event.

“HITO is excited to launch these and many other incredible opportunities for our industries, and we look forward to seeing our scholarship recipients succeed in their exciting new careers.”

Mana Dave, Blaze Salon Newmarket and Ashley Green

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