The mood was one of a reunion or family get-together at the first consultation meeting for the mandatory review of beauty qualifications held in Wellington on Sunday 7 April.
45 attendees representing polytechnics, private training providers, product companies, providers of industry training, industry, government agencies, and HITO attended. Many were clearly delighted to catch up with colleagues they hadn’t seen for some time.
Despite a low number of attendees from those employed in the beauty industry, there was a strong sense of commitment to getting the best outcomes. Everyone agreed that it would be critical to gather quality feedback to ensure that the new suite of qualifications will meet the needs of those employed in the beauty industry. What was valuable however, were the video clips and quotes provided by some practitioners who were unable to attend.
The group recognised that this is a great opportunity for the beauty sector to attain sound qualifications in an industry that is continuing to grow and develop. Indeed, for makeup and special effects, this review provides a chance to have New Zealand qualifications developed for them for the very first time.
The meeting was a firm starting point with NZQA triggering the beauty review the following day on Monday 8 April.