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New data proves Hairdressing ITO is top performer

New data proves Hairdressing ITO is top performer

Data released by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has confirmed that the Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation (HITO) is leading the way in providing quality on-the-job training.

The data compares credit achievement and completions across all 38 Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) in 2009.

HITO ranked 2nd for credit achievement and 9th for completions of all ITOs, performing extremely highly for a relatively small ITO. HITO CEO Erica Cumming said that HITO was pleased with the result, which reflected HITO’s focus on making sure hairdressing apprentices and businesses experienced quality training.

“By itself, the data isn’t hugely useful, but it is a benchmark which HITO will be aiming to improve even further,” says Cumming.

“HITO is looking at developing even more ways we can help apprentices complete their training successfully, and continues to develop new ‘post graduate’ programmes so stylists can continue on their learning journey. We also have a real focus on developing literacy and numeracy support which we think is reflected in these rankings.”

Cumming was also pleased that HITO had the highest completion rates for industries where qualifications were non-mandatory. “This shows that although the obtaining the HITO National Certificate is not an industry regulation, businesses and trainees recognise it as essential for demonstrating the standard required to operate in this profession,” says Cumming.

HITO delivers the only nationally recognised qualification for hairdressing apprentices. The HITO National Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist), at level four on the NZQA framework, combines on-job and off-job learning through partners such as local institutes of technology. The HITO national qualification has recently been recognised by the International Professional Standards Network. This means that hairdressers with the HITO national qualification and least one year experience as a senior operator can now have their skills and experience recognised in Australia, Canada and South Africa.

“The results published by TEC today are just one measure of how highly HITO is performing”, said Cumming. “HITO will continue to do the best to support our industry and our trainees by offering a proven pathway to a skilled profession.”

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