Gateway student Eru Solomon is taking the barbering world by storm.
Eru is working through the HITO Barbering Gateway programme at Central Cuts in Kaikoura. Through Gateway, Eru will gain six NCEA units and some real barbering experience to kick-start his career. Many HITO Gateway students even go onto apprenticeships at their Gateway salons and fantastic careers in the industry.
It seems like barbering is in Eru’s blood. Eru has wanted to be a barber since age 11, and regularly gives family and friends a trim. His goal is to specialise in hair art.
“He’s got real skill,” says Miriam Guthrie, owner of Clear Cuts. “He is even confident with cut-throat razors – he’s a natural”.
Eru produces incredible hair art, both freehand and pattern-based. His work has even been noted by My Father’s Barbers in Christchurch.
As well as his Gateway work experience, Eru spends extra time at Clear Cuts over the school holidays. He’s aiming to get as much experience as he can.
“It is fantastic that the school, through Gateway, has been able to find a pathway for Eru and his talent,” says Kaikoura High School Principal John Tait. “Programmes like Gateway are important for schools”.
Eru is looking for models to keep growing his skills, so anyone in the Kaikoura area is welcome to visit Central Cuts on Thursday between 11am-1pm for a free buzz cut, beard trim, or faced.
Want to kick-start your career like Eru? Give us a call on (04) 499 1180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on Gateway or apprenticeships.