WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A MENTOR

What does it mean to be a mentor?

It’s that time again! Executive Spa Group is looking for employers to mentor our Beautiful Futures participants. If you haven’t heard of this program, Beautiful Futures is a government funded program that trains youth for a start in a beauty industry career.

The Beautiful Futures program has a heavy emphasis on soft skills designed to teach young people life and employment skills to make them successful all around. Because our program is designed for millenials, we try and fill the gaps employers face when working with this generation.

Responsibility and respect for the workplace are core values at Executive Spa Group. We try to foster a sense of pride and work ethic in our participants. We model other values such as accountability and teamwork in hopes that our participants follow our example.

Beautiful Futures participants spend 8 weeks in class learning one technical skill plus an array of employability skills such as conflict management and communication, customer service, change management, personal development, time and money management, etc.

After completing their class time at Executive Spa Group, they spend 12 weeks with an employer where they practice their newly learned skills. Eligible employers receive a wage subsidy of $6/hr. We normally place the participants in entry-level jobs. Examples of past placements include jobs doing:
  • Salon/spa reception
  • Salon/spa assistant
  • Hair apprentice
  • Sales Representative
  • Nail technician

What do I need to become a mentor?

Aside from meeting the requirements set forth by the Government of Canada, employers need to have the desire to make a difference in a young person’s life. The following are what we believe to be characteristics of a mentor.

Clear Communication

To be a successful mentor, you must be able to clearly communicate your expectations to your participant, and also be open to hearing your participant’s communication. Open communication in a safe space is the key to any relationship- your relationship with your new team member is no different.

Because of the nature of our industry, we may have jam-packed days when we don’t even have time to eat, or we may have days that we have no clients. Remember, young employees may not have the same sense of work ethic as you, therefore they may need your guidance in thinking of duties to fill their day. We find that providing your participant with written daily duties is a good way to start.

Examples of entry level duties include:
  • washing/folding/putting away laundry
  • cleaning duties (ex. washroom upkeep/floors/dusting…)
  • replenishing supplies/ restocking merchandise
  • followup calls/appointment reminders/filing client forms/booking appointments/greeting customers
  • assisting other staff members (ex. room prep/washing and disinfecting tools and implements)

Provide Feedback

Whether your participant is doing a good job or not, feedback is important for the growth of your new team member. During the first two weeks, we recommend you review your participant’s work to ensure they have completed their tasks well and up to your standards. Take the time to inconspicuously observe your participant and provide feedback when needed, as soon as possible. If correction is needed, always correct your participant in private.

Ability to Motivate and Lead

They say that to have a successful business, you must keep your staff happy. We couldn’t agree more. To be a successful mentor, you must lead by example with your positive attitude. There is no better way to teach young people then by leading by example. Let them hear your positive interactions with your clients so that they have a clear understanding of your level of customer service. Your new participant will adopt your way of treating clients and the other members of the team.

Create and Follow a Progress Plan

For the ultimate satisfaction with your new team member, it is important that you take the time to get to know your new employee. A progress plan can help you outline your mutual goals and set a timeline for achieving those goals.

For example, a progress plan can include goals such as:
  • gaining knowledge and confidence with the professional product lines carried at your salon/spa within the first month. This can be further broken down into week 1- cleansers, week 2- moisturizers, etc.
  • becoming independent with assigned regular duties within first 2 weeks of joining the team
  • learn skills required to accept payments by week 3
  • training on a new service after proven ability to complete initial skill in a professional and timely manner. For example, “after completing 30 pedicures and 30 manicures succesfully, you will be trained on waxing”
These are only examples of items in a progress plan. Your plan will be as unique as you and your business. Making the time to meet briefly with your new employee every 2 weeks in the beginning will help to keep your new employee motivated which in turn will keep you satisfied.

Creating a progress plan will also help you uncover other skills in your participant. For example, we have had participants with nursing, accounting, marketing, and teaching skills. Beautiful Futures has seen a variety of newcomers who change their professions for a beauty career when they start their new life in Canada. In the past we have had the opportunity to train nurses, teachers, doctors, accountants, I.T. professionals, media broadcasters, etc, in their new beauty career. Get to know your participant- they may hold some valuable skills!

Asserting your Authority

To be a successful mentor you must be able to assert your authority. Don’t be afraid to provide clear rules from the start. Rules regarding absences and tardiness should be clear, as well as required attire and overall appearance.

If your participant does not meet your expectations from the start, as the mentor, it is your responsibility to address any miscommunication and find a solution. During the 12 weeks, Executive Spa Group is only a phone call/email/text away to help you find solutions should you need us.

Remember, we previously spent 8 weeks with your new team member which means we were able to observe and track their strengths and areas for improvement. It also means we were able to build rapport with them which may allow us to mediate if needed.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

Interested in participating as an employer?
Participants will be ready for work the first week of January 2019.
They have been trained in Manicures and Pedicures and Retail Makeup.
Apply OnLine to participate in this program  
Executive Spa Group

201, 10518 82 Ave. NW
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 604 2772
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ESG students learn proper skills and techniques by performing services on models to obtain experience and certification. You can now book online with our students!

Model Criteria

  • No artificial nails
  • No active infections

Before you book online

  • Students are assigned to clients on a “first come, first served” basis. We do not schedule appointments with specific students. We believe the experience of interacting with new clients is crucial in our education experience.
  • While we appreciate early birds, please arrive at your scheduled time.
  • Late comers take away from the student’s learning experience, please arrive at your scheduled time.
  • Any no-shows or appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will result in the inability to book future appointments.
  • Please do not bring anyone to the appointment with you.
  • You may appear in photos or videos used for learning or publicity. Models will be asked to sign a Media Release form along with a Model Waiver.

Can children be models?

Parents can book children ages 12 or older as models for Manicures and Pedicures ONLY. Models must be 18+ for all other services.

All services provided by ESG students are free of charge, tips are not required but they are welcomed 🙂
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Understanding Options For Your Hairstyling License

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Cosmetology Choices: Understanding Options For Your Hairstyling License

Looking for the perfect career? If you:
  • Are fueled by creativity
  • Love the idea of socializing at work
  • Want to help people feel better about themselves
  • Like the idea of flexible hours and fun working environments
the Hairstylist occupation could be the right path for you! The Alberta Learning Information System has a great breakdown of this exciting career.

Before you jump right in, you have two primary options to consider. In Alberta, Hairdressing is considered a Red Seal Journeyman Trade. This means higher standards in Alberta for Hairstylists. Certification is based on education and hours worked in the salon.

Option One: The Apprenticeship Program

The Apprenticeship path will take you two years to complete.

This includes a minimum of 1400 hours of on-the-job training and 10 weeks of technical training each year (20 weeks total). The benefit of this route is the cost effectiveness and the real life, hands on training.

Steps to obtaining your apprenticeship

1. Secure a job in a salon. This could be getting hired as a salon technician, receptionist, or retail specialist. Your supervisor should be a Journeyman Hairstylist to train you and confirm your hours worked.

2. After securing employment, you may apply to be a Registered Apprentice in Alberta. Once you have completed your application and pay the $35 registration fee, you may be issued an Apprenticeship Card and Blue Book (this is the record log in which your worked hours are tracked). As an Apprentice Hairstylist, you are able to buy product (no chemicals!) from salon distribution centers, and you are legally able to handle the tools of the trade.

3. Your on-the-job hours are divided into two twelve-month periods. During each period, you are expected to complete 1400 hours (this is 40 weeks based on 35 hours a week).

4. Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and is currently offered at DelMar College in Calgary and MC College in Edmonton.
  • Your technical training is divided into Period One and Period Two. Both are 10 weeks in length (700 hours total). You may be eligible for financial benefits while in technical training. The average cost of tuition for both periods generally doesn’t exceed $2500. Tool kits would be available for learning purposes only, and it would be your responsibility to invest in your kit for your work experience.

5. Once your on-the-job training, technical training, and corresponding examinations (theory and technical exams for Period One and Two) are successfully completed, you are eligible to take the theory and technical exam for your Interprovincial Red Seal.

Don’t forget about grants and loans available!

  • Alberta Student Aid provides loans and grants to apprentices registered in the Alberta apprenticeship program with Apprenticeship and Industry Training who are attending an approved technical training program as a full-time student.
  • The Canada Apprentice Loan is an initiative of the Government of Canada to help complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade. You can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training. The money would be available to help with tuition, tools, equipment and living expenses, to cover forgone wages and to help support your family.
  • The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, to a maximum of $2,000. This Grant helps registered apprentices get started in the designated Red Seal trades.
  • The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a taxable cash grant of $2,000. This Grant helps registered apprentices who have completed their training to become certified journeypersons in the designated Red Seal trades.
  • Canada Revenue offers a tax benefit for Tradespersons’ Tools Deduction . Apprentices may be able to deduct the cost of eligible tools bought to earn employment income as a skilled tradesperson.
We recommend you review the Hairstylist Apprenticeship and Industry Training Outline and the Hairstylist Exam Outline and the newest updated information for the Apprenticeship Program before you begin your journey.

Option Two: Full Time Cosmetology Program

Although it is not necessary to attend a full-time program to enter the beauty industry, many cosmetology programs are available for you to enroll in in Alberta before you get a job in a salon. The advantage of this is that you have a wide selection of schools to choose from to ensure you receive the education you require. Full time programs are beneficial to those who feel they need to be trained before they enter the industry.

Career training facilities, like full-time cosmetology schools, are independent, private institutions that are regulated by the Private Vocational Training Act. The cost of a full-time cosmetology program in Alberta ranges from $11,000 to $16,000, and generally includes a starter toolkit. These programs can take anywhere from 9 months to 1 year to complete, depending on the facility’s required hours – this is, on average, 1400 hours. The Alberta Apprenticeship Board, however, only requires 1,050 hours from an approved institution.

An advantage of some cosmetology programs is the length of time spent in a learning environment as opposed to a working environment. Some participants find this beneficial as they feel they may need more time learning to feel comfortable before they start taking clients. The facility may also teach advanced techniques, outside of what the Apprenticeship Program deems necessary for licensing. Alberta Advanced Education has a great page on what to know before enrolling in a Private Vocational Training School.

The Approved Technical Training Schools in Edmonton are:
MC College
CLI College
Est-Elle Academy of Hair Design
Eveline Charles Academy

Barbering is not a separate license in Alberta.

It is very important to know that Barbering is not a separate license in Alberta. Although there are training facilities specifically for barbering, you should be aware that a full Hairstylist Apprenticeship (including technical training) needs to be completed for licensing.

There has been an important change to note regarding technical trade schools. Previously, on-the-job training hours were credited for completing a full-time hairstyling program at an approved school.

As of September 1st 2018, on-the-job work experience credit will only be given on a case-by-case basis. This means that you are no longer granted 1400 hours from your training provider that can be used to lessen your time as an apprentice. Once technical schooling has completed, you still must register as an apprentice and complete 2800 on-the-job hours. READ MORE.

Knowing your options will help you make an informed decision regarding your education. For more information on Hairstyling careers contact (780) 604 2772 #103.

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