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Celebrity hairdresser Patrick Cameron opens new college salon

Celebrity hairdresser Patrick Cameron opens new college salon  
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An International celebrity hairdresser has visited Northumberland College to officially open the new hair and beauty salon, The Graduate.

TV star Patrick Cameron cut the red ribbon to declare the new salon at the Ashington Campus open.

Salon owners from across the region attended the event to gather tips from the celebrity hairdresser and find out how Northumberland College can support their business with apprentices and work placements.

Delegates enjoyed the official ribbon cutting and speech by Patrick before he showcased his skills performing hair-up demonstrations on three lucky college students.

Patrick is renowned for his skills in dressing long hair and his ability to make the most complex hairstyle look easy.

Dawn Eastham, Programme Area Leader for hair and beauty at Northumberland College said: "The evening was a huge success, Patrick was amazing and demonstrated creative hairstyling at its best! We are excited to work in partnership with Wella and salons all around the North East delivering quality training."

The new salon on the ground floor of the Ashington Campus was developed as part of a £9.5m campus investment to create 5,000m2 of brand-new and refurbished facilities for students and the community.

The new salon has 12 hair stations, two individual beauty treatment rooms and a nail bar. Additional beauty treatment rooms are available in the training salon on the fifth floor.

The salons are open to the public and offer a range of hairdressing and beauty therapy treatments at discounted prices. Trainee hairdressers and therapists are supervised by experienced hair and beauty professionals.

This brand-new salon at the Ashington Campus is the third new salon in the college's portfolio to open in as many years with new salons opening in Hexham and Berwick town centres in 2012.

In 2013, The Graduate Salon, became the first salon in the North East and one of just 30 throughout the UK to be awarded Centre of Excellence Status by Wella. As a result, the college benefits from the latest professional advice and products, and the credibility within the industry that such accreditation can provide both staff and students. This status applies to all of the college salons.

The college announced it had successfully secured £3m in funding from the government's Skills Funding Agency in November 2012 and unveiled plans for the £9.5m investment with further £6.5m from funds.

In addition to the new hairdressing and beauty therapy salons, the investment has created new kitchens and a commercial restaurant and motor vehicle, engineering and construction workshops. At the Kirkley Hall Campus, the college's land-based campus near Ponteland, there are new tractor and arboriculture workshops and a new two storey teaching and learning centre.

Northumberland College offer hairdressing and beauty therapy courses from Entry Level to Level 4 as well as Apprenticeships and short leisure courses. Training opportunities are available for local salons to upskill their work force. To find out more visit www.northumberland.ac.uk