Apprentice Training Opportunities @ SHB Hair and Beauty
Historically we have offered a number of placements and we are proud of the fact that we have helped train over 20 candidates who have not only qualified their Level 2 Hairdressing but continued, with our guidance, to complete their Level 3 Advanced course. A good proportion of these candidates are still working locally and nationally in the industry and we are even prouder to mention that 6 of our trainees are still with us and have forged fantastic careers as Stylists. We will also be offering permanent positions to our final 2 apprentices on completion of their courses.
It is with regret we are forced to announce that we are no longer able to offer Apprenticeship Placements to school leavers and those wishing to retrain.
There are a number of factors that have led us to make this decision but we would like to make it clear that the final nail in the coffin has been set by Penzance Business Improvement District (BID). The BID is a self appointed group of individuals granted power by local government to impose a levy on local business. The money extorted from these businesses is intended to be used to improve the town, in particular the shopping areas.
We have believed since it's inception that it was not fit for purpose and was simply a further tax on local businesses to help provide services that should be provided by the local council. We also expressed concern that the money would not be used wisely and would not benefit all businesses in the town. In fact, we suspected it would only benefit a very small number.
As such we opted to not pay the levy this year. Instead we chose to use the money wisely and invest it in our final 2 apprentices.
A recent meeting with the current BID manager just confirmed our suspicions.
The BID manager agreed that the BID had delivered on almost nothing it had promised in it's business plan and that a huge amount of money had been wasted on pointless, valueless projects. The BID manager also agreed that although there was no evidence of abuse, a small number of businesses had benefitted enormously from their relationship with the previous BID manager. Also ‘temporary' solutions have been put in place to appease local business whilst more permanent arrangements are made meaning the money is being spent twice to achieve one goal. This is not in the spirit of ‘improvement'.
Unfortunately our decision to use the money to help train local young people has been met with a court summons for non payment of the levy. We reluctantly paid the levy as we can ill afford the attendance of ‘enforcement officers'. We have recently been contacted with a further bill for administration fees and court costs, again threatening ‘enforcement'. We are currently struggling to understand how this situation improves our business or those around us.
We find ourselves in a position where we will be forced to pay these extended costs or face the bailiffs.
This is a huge wrench to us as we are renowned throughout Cornwall for producing exceptional hairdressers who have proven to be massive assets to salons across the county.
We acknowledge that Penzance BID is not solely responsible for this decision but has played the final, demoralising part in this sad situation.
If you would like to contact Penzance BID to express your concerns or to thank the BID for their part in ruining the career opportunities for the school leavers of Penzance you will find contact details on their website here http://www.penzancebid.co.uk/