BarbersNo1 partner with Innovative Alliance to address skills shortage

Innovative Alliance are helping to address skills shortages in the Liverpool City Region with their partnership approach to training.

Innovative Alliance (IA), an adult education training provider with a strong foothold in the Liverpool City Region, recently partnered with one of the leading barbering companies in the North West, BarbersNo1, to deliver training courses within a first-class barbering environment designed to get people on the path to their future careers.

Participants first undertook an Introduction to Employment in Barbering qualification, which focused on equipping them with the transferable employment skills that employers look for, as well as supporting them to get ready for the world of work within a barbering environment. After successfully completing this course, participants had the opportunity to move on to the Level 2 Barbering course, a practical course which was delivered within a BarbersNo1 setting by IA’s industry specialist tutors.

Those leaners that successfully completed the course were offered an opportunity to further their studies through a Level 3 programme supported by an Adult Learning Loan through IA’s sister company, Progress to Excellence Ltd. Adult Learning Loans give learners an affordable way to invest in their future, allowing them to train now and pay later. In this example it helped participants take their final step in becoming a qualified barber.

Ian Green, CEO of Innovative Alliance, said;

“Innovative Alliance is proud to have been a part of this progressive partnership, which matched skills shortages to training opportunities. To be able to deliver our training in a first-class working environment helps to give learners the real understanding of the workplace. The training has seen individuals who were previously unemployed take their first step into the industry, with over half of the initial group gaining employment directly with BarbersNo1 by the end of the programme. It also reflects Progress to Excellence Group’s vision of encouraging social mobility.”

An impressive 85% of participants successfully gained their Level 1 and 2 qualifications, with 62% progressing on to the Level 3 qualification. Of these, 88% gained this qualification, which has enabled them to leap into their new career.

David Langan, Managing Director of BarbersNo1, said;

“This programme is proving to be a great routeway for individuals wanting to get into this industry. BarberNo1 has built a strong reputation within the sector and our business continues to grow across the Liverpool City Region. Finding good quality staff aids this growth, and there is no better way than seeing individuals develop their understanding, skills and knowledge within our environment, allowing the business to see if they have the values and ethos that fit within our organisation. We truly believe we are preparing people to have a career within this industry if they have the desire.

“The second round is already underway, and we are excited about IA’s training for yet another group of future Barbers!”

If you’re looking to fill the skill shortage gaps in your workplace, or if you’d like to partner with Innovative Alliance to help new workers achieve success in your industry, we’d love to hear from you.  Visit our website to find out more.