Award-winning salon owner, Anne Veck, recently took her seat at the virtual table for her first Cabinet Office Meeting to discuss the state of play in the world of hairdressing and apprenticeships.
The roundtable was led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and was attended by senior members of the cabinet and a carefully selected line-up of business leaders.
Each participant was invited in turn to speak and the topic given was “what can Government learn from your experience in skills and training to help us Build Back Better from the pandemic?”
“It was an honour to participate,” said Anne. “ The opportunity was given to me by the British Beauty Council so that I could represent the hairdressing voice on this topic.”
Continued Anne: “I acknowledged the government action of the £3,000 grant when new apprentices are recruited and talked about additional and welcome dispensation to make completing hairdressing apprenticeships easier by easing Covid close contact restrictions.
“I made the point strongly that hairdressing is an industry with huge career scope, and yet suffering a skills shortage so it has enormous scope for recruitment and career opportunity. I even managed to squeeze in a pitch for the VAT to be reduced to 5% on services. The one thing I ran out of time to offer was a haircut for the P.M. once we are out of lockdown!!”