HITO Industry Awards 2013
‘Auckland’s War Memorial Museum bustled with excitement on 20 October at the annual Industry Awards. Hosted by HITO, Kitomba, and NZARH, the awards are a chance for the hairdressing industry to mix and mingle and celebrate the very best in their midst.
For Grant and Bettjemans, winning this award thoroughly endorses the importance of training, and especially the importance of apprenticeships. Apprentices and the training they undertake are extremely important at Bettjemans. Co-owner, Phif Bettjeman, compared them to “having a Master Builder build your house rather than a regular hammer-hand”.
For Bettjemans, having apprentices is like having an in-salon family. Training takes priority as employees do not grow without training.
Seeing apprentices win competitions, become competent and confident in front of clients, and go on to be accomplished young hairdressers is of paramount importance to Grant. And their training is clearly paying off, with their apprentices doing well at the NZARH competitions and going on to be regional finalists in the Apprentice of the Year.’