Another first for Bridget Haren Hair

Another first for Bridget Haren Hair


Michelle Nugent-Considine, Manager at Bridget Haren Hair and Beauty, Sophie Ward and Grace Bardon, New Apprentices at Bridget Haren Hair and Beauty and Bridget Haren, Salon Owner

Bridget Haren Hair & Beauty has made the first cut in Irish Hairdressing history by registering the first Apprentices on the new National Hairdressing Apprenticeship.

The National Hairdressing Apprenticeship Consortium Steering Group announced the launch of this new Apprenticeship on 12th of September 2019, a historic day for the hairdressing industry in Ireland. The National Hairdressing Apprenticeship has been formally validated by Quality Qualifications Ireland and is the first-ever nationally recognised standard for hairdressers in Ireland, offering excellent opportunities to apprentices and leading to a nationally recognised qualification at QQI Level 6.

The development of this apprenticeship has been a truly collaborative process where industry and education experts have come together to develop this national standard. This apprenticeship programme blends college and in-salon education under a consistent training structure. , supporting employers in developing and nurturing their apprentices.

This will assist apprentices in gaining a recognised qualification and learning the skills required to gain successful employment in salons across the country.

Salon Owner, Bridget Haren, said: “I’ve been waiting for a national apprenticeship since I started my career 24 years ago. I was delighted to work as part of the Hairdressing Council and CSG Group that was industry lead to developing the Apprenticeship. This group worked closely with the Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board who is the first education centre to roll this out.”

Salons across the country are now able to register Apprentices for this by contacting Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board or online at


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.