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Celebrating the launch of HABIC

Within Ireland, the Hair and Beauty Industry is one of the fastest growing sectors, yet it remains unregulated and unsupported. In response to this challenge that includes possible skills shortages and black market providers, an industry-led initiative has been launched – HABIC: Hair and Beauty Industry Confederation.

HABIC is an innovative, non-profit social enterprise providing industry support that empowers members nationally. HABIC responds to the aforementioned threats against the industry that could affect even the most high-profile businesses. In addition to contributing to sector growth, HABIC will draw attention to the “revolution” sparked in the industry.

The Hair and Beauty Industry provides many opportunities for individuals to improve their lives and HABIC embraces this vision. The HABIC strategy is simple: “HABIC will enhance the reputation of the industry, further improve industry quality and standards, provide increased learning and development opportunities for members, and help raise innovation, social awareness and professional competencies.”

iTEC & VTCT’s core objective is the advancement of education for the public good in the UK, Ireland and internationally for over 100,000 learners and apprentices. The learner is at the heart of what we do including providing a direct line of sight to a rewarding career.

Our CEO Alan Woods OBE said of HABIC “iTEC and VTCT are thrilled to support this vital initiative that needs the industry’s full encouragement and deserves greater support to maintain, and increase, public confidence in the hairdressing and beauty industry.”


To get an overall picture of the growth potential of this vibrant industry, please see these recently commissioned reports: “the VTCT Skills Foresight Report 2017 and the “Economic Impact Assessment of the Hair and Beauty Sector on the UK Economy”, which findings are summarised here, along with the recommendations:

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