How Promoting Neurodiversity Can Attract Apprentices to your Salon

INCLUSIVITY IS KEY. END OF. We’ve been looking into the significance of promoting neurodiversity, and how this will allow apprentices to be able to reach their full potential in salons.

The term neurodiversity refers directly to differences within our brains. There is no one way to experience and interact with the world, and neurodiversity is the umbrella term for all of the diverse ways people can think, learn, and interact. A few of these conditions include Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and OCD, as well as many others. 

“Neurodiversity is the idea that neurological differences like autism and ADHD are the result of normal, natural variation in the human genome… Everyone is to some extent differently abled – an expression favoured by many neurodiverse people – because we are all born different and raised differently. Our ways of thinking result from both our inherent “machinery” and the experiences that have “programmed” us,”  explains John Elder Robinson, a scholar in residence and a co-chair of the Neurodiversity Working Group at the College of William & Mary.  Here’s all his research in this YouTube clip.

Given that up to 1 in 3 learners are estimated to have hidden needs, it is important that salon owners are aware of signs and steps to take that will support the apprentice and allow them to reach their full potential. 

KIT’s Signs and Steps that will support apprentices and allow them to reach their full potential:

  • Ensure every apprentice receives the same high-quality experience and an equal opportunity of success (According to the National Achievement Rates Tables (NARTs), learners with identified learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD) are more likely to drop out of their apprenticeships.)
  • Cultivate an environment where apprentices are able to discuss their identified learning difficulties
  • Discuss with the apprentices what support they will need to achieve their full potential
  • Provide an open narrative within your salon and provide practices that aid and support any learners with identified learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Consider mentorship and guidance for apprentices

If you have any insights on how we can grow this list, please feel free to get in touch.