TAFE NSW is sharpening the skills of future barbers to enter the re-emerging industry as the demand for qualified barbers is surging. This comes as World Barber Day approaches on 16 September.

Despite the fact barbering dates back to Ancient Egypt, the future looks bright for aspiring barbers thanks to growing trends in male grooming, with Australian men spending $7 billion on grooming products every year.

TAFE NSW Barbering Teacher, Gaby Ware said TAFE NSW is supporting the industry through a wide range of training pathways, from short courses in specific barbering techniques, to apprenticeships, and salon management.

“Barbering is a great career because not only is the job hands-on and social, qualified barbers are in high demand, Ms Ware said.

“There is so much more to barbering than cutting hair. From holding clippers correctly to hygiene standards, being qualified is what keeps the industry reputable and safe.

“We’ve come a long way from traditional straight or taper cuts. New tools of the trade and changing customer needs have shaped a growing skills demand in the latest equipment and techniques.”

Ms Ware is also seeing modern barbershop owners undertake further training to grow their business and provide additional services in beauty, massage, and responsible service of alcohol.

Anthony Sthal is the co-owner of Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop, with three locations at Parramatta, Macquarie Centre and Warringah Mall.

Mr Stahl is completing a Certificate III in Barbering at TAFE NSW so he has the skills to mentor, train, and develop the employees coming through his barbershops.

“Barbering is something I’ve always been interested in, and I’ve always done a lot of training for the last 20 years in my past professional capacities,” Mr Stahl said.

“When we bought the first shop in Parramatta I observed there are a lot of young people out there who are passionate about barbering and love the idea, so I wanted to upskill so I could educate them properly.

“I encourage all of my barbers to enrol at TAFE NSW because the course exposes you to the creative elements of the craft, and can be very helpful for self-taught barbers to enhance their skills.

“The courses are in depth and not only teaches you practical skills, but also knowledge of how to work with different hair types and the skin.”

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Barbering is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course for those who meet eligibility criteria.

To find out more about barbering courses on offer at TAFE NSW visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.