Brisbane’s MIG Training Named Best in Australia at Australian Hair Industry Awards 2021

Brisbane’s MIG Training Named Best in Australia at Australian Hair Industry Awards 2021

Local Mt Gravatt business MIG Training have been recognised as leaders in hair education at the Australian Hair Industry Awards, being awarded AHIA Educator of the Year- Organisation 2021.

As Australia’s hair industry finally starts taking steps to reopen, rebuild and recover, Sunday the 28th November saw the winners of the 2021 AHIA – Business categories announced on social media livestream as entrants watched on with anticipation. After an incredibly challenging 18 months and the disappointment of the cancelled awards gala event due to continued border uncertainty, it was time for these talented creatives to celebrate with their teams closer to home.

Launched in 2014 by esteemed media company Mocha Group, the AHIA – Business are the trusted national award platform which provide a benchmark of excellence across specialist, group and individual categories. The 2021 awards marked the largest number of entries ever received in the AHIA history across the 27 awards demonstrating the importance that this program has within the hair industry framework, pushing each and every hairdresser and salon owner to be their best on set, backstage and behind the chair.

MIG Training is owned by Anthony Gray, a third-generation hair industry education pioneer. They celebrated a milestone 30 years in business in 2021. The Brisbane-based registered training organisation is a family business with a proud heritage of more than 60 years in Australian hairdressing and is one of only 17 RTOs in the country to hold gold standard accreditation as ‘RTO Select’ from the Australian Hairdressing Council. Located just 15 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, MIG Training delivers tailored apprenticeship training to 252 salon and barber businesses across Queensland and Tasmania and to fee-based students through their college which includes a busy street front salon and barber shop that is open to the public.

Mocha’s Linda Woodhead was proud to celebrate these worthy winners:

“MIG Training are the perfect examples of industry leaders and will make excellent ambassadors for the awards program and their local area. As with all our 2021 winners they are now looked to both nationally and globally as an innovator in technique, trend and service. The Brisbane community should be so proud of this achievement!”

 

Hairbiz Year 15 Issue 6 Out Now

Hairbiz Year 15 Issue 6 Out Now

The latest edition of HairBiz is out now. Anthony Gray, MIG Training Director, has an article titled “Keeping your Apprentice on Track” featured on page 58. Happy reading! 📖  🐛

HAIR BIZ is the only magazine of its kind which offers a comprehensive look at both the business and image side of the hair industry. It provides salon owners with tools and information to be more successful and knowledgeable when it comes to business skills as well as keeping them informed with trend forecasts, interviews, profiles, news, reviews and product info.

Hairbiz Year 15 Issue 4 Out Now

Hairbiz Year 15 Issue 4 Out Now

The latest edition of HairBiz is out now. Anthony Gray has an article featured on page 51. The finalist for the AHIA Awards (including us!!) are also listed on page 31. Happy reading!

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HAIR BIZ is the only magazine of its kind which offers a comprehensive look at both the business and image side of the hair industry. It provides salon owners with tools and information to be more successful and knowledgeable when it comes to business skills as well as keeping them informed with trend forecasts, interviews, profiles, news, reviews and product info.

Australian Barbering Industry Welcomes Exciting New Awards Program with 2021 Finalists Named

Australian Barbering Industry Welcomes Exciting New Awards Program with 2021 Finalists Named

2021 marks the inaugural year for the Australian Modern Barber Awards (AMBA), Australia’s new premium awards program for the male grooming industry. These awards have been launched to provide men’s hairdressing trailblazers with a much needed and often requested benchmark of excellence and platform to showcase their creative and business skills.

Consisting of 13 categories including the AMBA Barber of the Year and the AMBA Barber Business of the Year, they have been judged by an independent panel of judges including media, PR and business experts, national and international barbering icons and specialists in the barbering industry including Sofie Pok (USA) AKA Staygold, Nieves Almarez (USA) and Rob and Leen, the Schorem Barbers (NL). Created by esteemed trade visionaries Mocha Group, owners of the Australian Hair Industry Awards and Australian Beauty Industry Awards, these are just the latest initiative revolutionising the way our hair experts are able to engage with consumers and show off their talents.

Individual categories are proudly sponsored by The Barbiere Company, Wahl Professional, Milkman Grooming Co, American Crew, Schwarzkopf Professional, The Male Tools and Co – Depot, Shortcuts, Excellent Edges, Babyliss Pro and Andis, with the Official After Party due to be held at the George On Collins St, sponsored By Hair Co. 

The awards will culminate in the first AMBA event in Melbourne at the Plaza Ballroom on Monday 6th December where winners will be announced and the industry will come together to celebrate.

2021 AMBA FINALISTS

Australian Modern Barber of the Year

Sponsored by The Barbiere Company

Danny Lazzarino – Barber Boys

Don De Sanctis – Barber Boys

Jan Yamacli – Barberjan

Jase Alpen – Zeppelin Barbers

Leigh Winsor – Area Studio

 

Australian Modern Barber Business of the Year

Sponsored by Wahl Professional

Attaboy

Barber Boys & Co, Newton

Memphis Barbers, Gympie

New York Barbers

 

Best Mens Collection – Classic

Sponsored by Milkman Grooming Co

Britt Westcott – MADE Barber & Barista

Don De Sanctis – Barber Boys

Johnny Georgiou – Barbery the Craft of a Barber

Lou Fimmano – Barber Boys

Leigh Winsor – Area Studio

Paul James Graham – Paul and Paul Salon

Sean Hayes – Backbone Barbershop

 

Best Mens Collection – Freestyle

Sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional

Clint Wallace – Barber by Design

Con Niños – Largers and Barbers

Johnny Georgiou – Barbery the Craft of a Barber

 

Best Team Collection

Sponsored by American Crew

AREA Studio

Barbery the Craft of a Barber

ZAK Grooming for Men

 

Best Customer Care

Sponsored by Shortcuts

AREA Studio

Grand Royal Barbers

New York Barbers

 

Best Barbershop Design

Sponsored by Babyliss Pro

Barber Boys & Co, Newton

Made Barber & Barista

Memphis Barbers, Gympie

Mr. V & Co. Barbershop

New York Barbers

Platform 1 Barbershop

 

Best Business Director/Owner of the Year

Sponsored by Depot – The Male Tools & Co.

Cameron McFadyen – The Blacksmith Barbers

Don De Sanctis – Barber Boys

Frank & Helen Ciccone – Hair by Ciccone

Sam Squires – Backbone Barbershop

 

Best Mens Educator of the Year – Individual or Organisation

Sponsored by Excellent Edges

AREA Academy

Barbery the Craft of a Barber

Fraser Forsey – Barber Education Australia

Jules Tognini – lil’ off the top

MIG Training

Mikail Dasko

The Barber Academy Australia

 

 

CARE STYLE AND BEARD PRODUCT AWARDS

Sponsored by Barbershop Magazine

BEST IN CARE

Depot – Sports Hair + Body Shampoo

Justice Professional – Cool Mint Shampoo & Conditioner

Juuce – Peppermint Shampoo & Conditioner

Mr Muk – Hair, Beard & Body Wash

Pure – Uplift Shampoo & Conditioner

 

BEST IN STYLE

Hanz De Fuko – Claymation

Justice Professional – Firm Clay

Juuce – Messed Up

Muk Haircare – Filthy Muk Styling Paste

Pure – Forming Paste

 

BEST IN BEARD

Depot – Conditioning Beard Oil

Juuce – Botanic Oil Serum

Mr Muk – Beard Oil

Pure – Walnut Scrub

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Sponsored by Andis

To Be Announced on the Night of the Awards

The Origin of MIG Training

The Origin of MIG Training

Often times, when we show people around the college, they ask about this wallpaper that is in our barber shop. This really tells a story of, I suppose, my family and then really the history of our business. So this is a photograph of my grandfather’s two chair barber shop.

Now, it was traditional in every sense of the word, you can just see in the background, the pool hall out the back. The barber shop was the tobacconist, and as family legend goes, my grandfather was also the SP bookmaker. So this photograph has my Grandfather and Dad in it.  Dad’s 76 now, but he was probably 14 or 15, in this photograph, just starting out his apprenticeship with my grandfather. So leaving school after year eight and then moving into apprenticeship, he really started to build his career from an early age.

From there, it took him to Brisbane. He opened on the smell of an oily rag his own barber shops and build his own barber businesses and growing up we used to love to go into the barber shops, and to be able to interact with all the other barbers and have such a wonderful time. And Dad also was at the forefront of the industry. He was Queensland hairdresser the year in 1971. And then, as hair went long, and the unisex salon offering really took off, he retrained himself, and then owned hairdressing salons all through the 70s while I was growing up.

It was one of those things really, though that, education was always a big part of what he did. He always had apprentices, always employed apprentices, and was always keen to impart that knowledge on to the next generation, just like his father had done for him.

I suppose that’s where the seed of education came and obviously raising a family, growing a business in hairdressing has its ups and downs. So following winning a service award, Dad then thought then here is opportunity to do some education. So he started with his brother to sort of work up and down the eastern seaboard, delivering education in retail and service and those types of things.

That really was the, I suppose the catalyst for for MIG as it is today. Once that all took off, and the TAFE system in Queensland opened up to private providers, it was his opportunity to really jump into the unknown and start to build a college.  So having a salon currently operating and taking one to three apprentices.

Now some 30 years later, with my involvement, probably for the last 17 years helping to direct and run the business, MIG is what it stands at today. And and we’re really proud of our history. And it’s something that that I suppose is just part of our DNA. We really love working with all the apprentices and the salons and barbershops that we that we now work with and seeing them do what our family have been able to do for others. And that’s really build people’s lives and careers through a career in hairdressing. We’d really love the opportunity to work with you.

And if you’d like to find out about our method and how we do things, it’d be great to connect and great to have a chat.

Thank you.

AHC PRESENTS REALITY BITES

AHC PRESENTS REALITY BITES

The Australian Hairdressing Council welcomes the video series REALITY BITES. This is a weekly release of short videos covering everything you need to know when running your business. Experts from all around Australia and beyond give tips and tricks for salon success. MIG’s very own Anthony Gray has a short video covering Progressing Apprentices. Enjoy!