SBB’s micro-cosmetology course to benefit thirty
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Thirty entrepreneurs will benefit from a three-month micro cosmetology course being facilitated by the Small Business Bureau (SBB). The exercise which will be conducted by American Cosmetology Consultant, Rob Willis was officially launched today at the Generation Next Building, Durban Street.
Willis explained that the programme will aid in boosting the standard of living in the country.
“Cosmetology is a huge business and I am here representing micro-cosmetology. In this programme, I took the 1500 hours (which is required to obtain a license in the US); and summarised and shortened it to 600 hours to customize it for Guyana,” Willis explained.
He added, “there are people who have experience, but then there are persons new to the field. So, over the next few months, I am going to change their lives.”
The consultant explained, as a result of the overwhelming response to the course, he is currently in the process of initiating an extended programme and further expressed some of his expectations.
“I hope to create a foundation for the stylists, the manicurists, those people who make a living in the beauty industry to be able to have a methodology that they can support. They have all had separate training on different levels of different times. And because of that, there is no consistency in their instruction.”
Willis aims to create consistency in cosmetology in Guyana. As a result, a process has already begun to review and amend the current cosmetology standards in the country.
According to Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) Technical Officer, Elton Patram, a cosmetology standard was crafted in 1997. He advises cosmetologists to screen the current standards to see where necessary changes can be made or adjusted.
Meanwhile, Training and Development Officer of SBB, Audrey Gomes highlighted that this is the first time the SBB is engaging in small business consultancy. She noted the agency is expected to conduct three more consultancy sessions in other sectors during the year.
The micro-cosmetology course opening ceremony saw representatives from the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Department, Cosmetology Suppliers and Cosmetologists among others.
By: Crystal Stoll
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