Over the past 12 months, HABIC has invested significant time in researching the requirements and needs of the industry. Through our research and consultations we have identified 5 Key Pillars on which we will focus our energy and the support and expertise so generously provided by organisations and committed individuals within our sector.
These 5 Key Pillars will form the framework to industry advancement and to achieving our goals as set out. Each Pillar will have a supporting committee, all of whom are members of the Executive Council and are contributing their professional experience and expertise on a voluntary basis.
- Upskilling & Talent Development
- Driving Standards & Quality
- National Professional Register
- Industry Supports
- Public Relations
Pillar 1: UPSKILLING & TALENT DEVELOPMENT
- Define the entire Industry in terms of occupations and qualifications
- Carry out an analysis of the current workforce, an in-depth Skills & Competencies Audit (TNA) and future skills report.
- Detail and document qualifications from level 3 to 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
- Start to identify and develop progression routes between level 7-10 on the National Framework of Qualifications (e.g. – Cosmetic Science/ Marketing for the Beauty Industry).
- Clearly defined industry career progression paths.
- Research and implementation of a Continuous Professional Development framework.
- Engage with all educational stakeholders both public and private.
- Engage with the Department of Education and Skills.
- Encourage and enable learning and development opportunities.
- Ensure the industry continues to be highly supported by Skillnet Ireland through the continued development and funding of Image Skillnet.
- Ensure standardisation of training delivered.
- Upgrade training, standards & qualifications (national minimum pass rate).
- Promote Hair and beauty as a positive career option.
- Design a school campaign that represents the potential of the industry to students, parents and guidance teachers.
- Support vulnerable new entrants and up-skilling in the industry by making education affordable and accessible.
- Develop a management/ owner level entrepreneurial development program specific for the needs of the industry.
- Leverage technology to further enable talent and development opportunities.
Pillar 2: DRIVING STANDARDS & QUALITY
- Raise awareness of public health risks and potential hazards.
- Develop a recognised quality assurance mark for skilled professionals.
- Review, research and carryout consultation around standards, quality, current work practices and education.
- Research the willingness by professionals to adopt a voluntary national standard.
- Research the requirement for industry regulation.
- Engage with state agencies and key stakeholders to work towards development of safe minimum national standards or regulation as identified in research.
- Raise the quality and standards of professionals through the delivery of quality education and CPD training.
- Ensure education certification bodies work to uphold standards in the industry and that these standards are regulated and monitored.
Pillar 3: NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL REGISTER
- Define the membership of a register.
- Define the benefits and use of the register.
- Define how a member will register.
- Develop the register.
- Maintain a register of certified professionals.
- Maintain a register of trade suppliers.
- Maintain a register of schools and educators.
- Ensure the public are aware of the importance of the national register.
Pillar 4: INDUSTRY SUPPORTS
- Develop a centre of excellence that supports an entire industry.
- Develop an in-depth analysis of broader industry needs.
- Develop a package of benefits and supports.
- Develop an active and engaging community for all members.
- Become the point of reference, advice and support.
- Develop a bank of industry research.
- Foresee key trends and areas of innovation.
- Raise the profile & visibility of the industry.
- Develop a public education/information campaign.
- Leverage technology capability to support HABIC members.
- Provide additional support to members to lessen the effects of Brexit and during times of economic downturn.
Pillar 5: PUBLIC RELATIONS
- Raise the Reputation of the entire industry and how people view the sector.
- Establish Ireland as a world leader in the Hair and Beauty industry.
- Develop pioneering Economic impact industry research that clearly outlines the GDP impact of the industry both directly and indirectly through enabled activities.
- Develop strong engagement from all stakeholders, particularly at government level.
- Increase recognition and supports afforded to the industry by government.
- Input on national policy that will affect the industry.
- Develop an industry working group with various state agencies to ensure a joined-up approach by stakeholders.
- Gain inclusion on various working groups that will affect the industry.
- Build strong alliances with relevant international organisations and colleagues.
- Decrease and eliminate the significant impact of the black market on register enterprises.
- Develop a yearly well researched pre-budget submission.
- Develop impactful awareness campaigns.
- Develop strong multi-platform media campaign in relation to the industry.
- Develop a customer focused media campaign to outline the skills and knowledge of industry professionals.