How A New Proposal Could Change Worker Training – And Your Next Haircut

A new proposal could shift a lot of the burden for training workers in one field from the educational system to employers.

“I think it is absolutely horrid and shameful.” That is what an Ohio cosmetology school expert thinks of a proposed bill to cut training to students by nearly half and get them out in the workforce faster. Jim Rogers is the Chairman Emeritus for the Salon Schools Group, a Columbus-based school that teaches cosmetology students in hair styling, makeup, and skincare services.

Podcast host Mary McCarthy sat down with Rogers to talk about a bill being considered by an Ohio Senate Committee to decrease training hours from 1500 hours to 1000 hours. It would also encourage apprenticeships for students.

Mary reached out to legislators involved in the bill, who say there are two big benefits to it:

#1 – Less training so they can get out and start their business sooner.

#2 – Less debt because less school is required. Students are not necessarily generating a lot of income when they start out in the industry.

But Jim says that’s not the way it will work.

“More education means more opportunity, and it means more income. To cut education in almost half, for people who are already not at the top of the earning list, who are in a service profession, I think is abominable. I think it is absolutely horrid and shameful.” ~ Jim Rogers

What You Will Learn in this 18 minute podcast:

  • The impact the proposed changes could have for cosmetologists in Ohio
  • What the proposed changes could mean for hair and beauty clients in Ohio
  • Why Jim believes less training and focusing more on apprenticeships will force stylists to join established salons and prevent them from being able to start their own business

Guest: Jim Rogers


Host: Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy is the President of YMT Consultants, an entrepreneurial consulting and training firm in Westerville, Ohio in the Columbus area. It focuses on one-on-one work with microbusiness owners (businesses with 20 or fewer employees, including the solopreneur), assisting them to monetize and create systems for their small businesses.



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