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Linton & Mac Launches In-Salon 'Future Talent' Initiative

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 10:21

Designed to champion and allow young team members to flourish, Linton & Mac in Aberdeen's 'Future Talent’ programme ensures that  all salon juniors receive the support and training that they need to succeed in the hairdressing industry.

Involved in salon life from day one, juniors are initially matched to their ‘buddy’ – a trained stylist – for three months, where they shadow them to watch and learn everything that they do. Once the assistant is ready, they are given their own column on a Saturday where they can offer ‘Future Talent Blow-Dries’ and ‘Future Talent Style Bar’ appointments to paying customers. The salon has also recently launched its ‘Breakfast Blow Dries’, also headed up by Future Talent team.

 The juniors are kept engaged and motivated every day and are included as much as everyone else in the salon. They attend any training days held in the salon and are involved in any external shoots and shows – such as working backstage on the Grays’ School of Art Graduate Fashion Show. This gives the youngsters a real feel for industry life and how their role as a stylist can welcome a wealth of additional opportunities outside of the salon.

 Throughout the training and development programme, juniors are encouraged to succeed, while ensuring they fulfil everyday tasks in the salon. They are seen as an essential investment, and important to the evolution of the business. “From the moment we opened the doors to Linton & Mac, we were dedicated to finding great assistants, and this has always been a priority as they are the next generation of the industry,” commented Jenn Linton and Joanna Macdonald, Co-Directors, Linton & Mac. “Our aim is to keep them driven and passionate, and excited and motivated about the salon and all that the industry has to offer.” Chelsea McIntyre, Head Assistant added: “I started my role as a junior on the day that Linton & Mac launched, and since that day I have received continuous support and training. The Future Talent programme is brilliant for people like me and I was delighted to become Head Assistant so quickly. We are given real hands-on experience that prepares us for life in the salon and each day is really exciting.”

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