As an RTO we are well placed to see the success of salons that have a strong internal training culture and have a systematic way the practical skills training is delivered to all stylists. Conversely we see the impact that time pressure, staffing issues and the strains placed on running a salon business has on training and building productivity. 

At MIG we identified that whilst the education options available to salons has never been more exciting, there is little in the way of education for salon owners, seniors and mentors in how to train and develop their staff.

To address this problem, earlier this year MIG Training launched THE CRAFT, a FREE ‘train the trainer’ education package exclusively for MIG salon clients that encompasses a blend of hands-on workshops and video tutorials for in salon trainers and seniors in charge of building the skills of their salon team. “While our day job is the education of apprentices, what happens at College is a very small part of building excellent Hairdressers and Barbers of the future,” tells MIG CEO Anthony Gray. “An apprenticeship is a true partnership, so investing in the salons we work with creates industry dividends where everyone is a winner.” 

The aim of this professional development program is to refine salon educators’ cutting and training skills and also teach them a few trends and new tricks so that they can keep ahead of the education game and produce outstanding results for their team.The program was introduced as an additional service to MIG salon clients but also to extend the training that MIG conducts with its apprentices back to the whole salon team so that what is taught and the methodology are consistent and fluid. “Our observations with our salon clients over the years indicated that they are so busy training their salon teams that they forget about their own professional development,” Anthony continues. “THE CRAFT is essential for all in salon trainers, mentors and seniors who are responsible for training emerging stylists and building the skills of the team.”

Included in THE CRAFT program are the fundamental building blocks that make up the craft of cutting – solid, layered and graduation – presented in one of three full day workshops at MIG Training in March, July and November. Participants also receive full access to MIG’s Employer Lounge’, which includes access to a suite of online education resources to develop those conducting the training in the salon and to support training delivery to the whole salon team. The Employer Lounge includes online video tutorials and step-by-step CUT101 learning resources.


The first CRAFT workshop held in March received fantastic feedback. In addition to the fundamental building blocks of cutting, the workshop focused on how to train apprentices and junior staff in order to create great stylists. Additionally, all participants were provided access to a full suite of step-by-step cutting videos and glossy Learners Guides to use as training resources in the salon.


Here’s what some of the participants had to say:


‘The Craft is excellent. It explains where the apprentices are coming from.’


‘It was great to revisit the foundations and understand how to deliver the basic structures.’


‘Highly recommended for anyone who has a training role in the salon.’


‘Very clear and easy to understand. Definitely can take away a lot and share with the salon. Thank you!’


‘Great to get back to basics and learn the terminology. Thank you for sharing your learning resources.’


DON’T MISS OUT! Spots in our upcoming CRAFT sessions on 8 July and 25 November are filling fast, so if you haven’t secured your spot, do so NOW by booking HERE.


We have also been busy filming some more cutting videos for the MIG Employer Lounge. Here’s a sneak preview of The Steph and The Chloe.


You can also read the great article about THE CRAFT in the latest issue of HairBiz HERE.