SOUTH Tyneside College is helping hairdressing students achieve careers which are a cut above the rest.
The college has joined forces with the L’Oreal salon Reds to provide 16 to 24-year-olds with a six-month learning programme, starting in September.
Those joining the Reds Hair Academy will train with the borough college’s hairdressing department and also enjoy master classes from professionals, as well as gaining eight months’ work experience in North-East salons.
Students who successfully complete the programme will be offered apprenticeships by participating hairdressers.
An information evening about the hairdressing scheme will be held at the college campus, in St George’s Avenue, South Shields, on Tuesday, June 3, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
College hairdressing lecturer Kathryn Parkin said: “The academy provides a tremendous opportunity to learn hairdressing from experts with very lengthy experience. Many young people already take hairdressing training, but this initiative has additional beneficial elements that really give it the edge.
“I believe we have some great raw talent within this region and, with our dedication, commitment and skills, trainees will achieve their goals and become skilled, salon-ready and highly motivated individuals.
“We are hoping a number of salons will sign up and be as enthused by the academy as we are, and that by working together we can give a high skills boost to those entering the hairdressing industry.”
Instruction at South Tyneside College will include salon etiquette, shampooing, massage techniques, hair colouring and plaiting skills, as well as barber shop experience.
Susan Hall, founder of Reds Hair Academy, based in East Herrington, one of the top salons in the region, said: “This will allow learners to put into practice the skills they have gained in the classroom. Those taking part will receive exceptional tuition from South Tyneside College, coupled with an unrivalled early insight into the workings of a salon.”