The Hexham Centre was officially opened by Guy Opperman MP in
September and features The Graduate hair and beauty salon, IT
suites, a business administration practice office, teaching and
learning spaces and breakout areas for students.
The centre was launched in response to demand from the Tynedale
area as Northumberland College delivers courses across the county,
from Berwick in the north to Ashington in the South East.
Principal, Stuart Cutforth, gave a short presentation on the
success of the centre and presented students with awards before
Nigel Lister, Director of Curriculum, cut the birthday cake to
officially mark the occasion.
Over 200 students, aged 16-81 from all over the Tyne Valley,
completed full and part-time courses this academic year.
Training has included short introductory level programmes,
Apprenticeships and full Level 1 to 3 qualifications in a range of
subjects: Travel and Tourism, Book-Keeping, Hairdressing, Beauty
Therapy, Business Administration, Information Technology,
Counselling Skills, Employability and Early Years.
Nick Bartlett, 18, from Allendale was the first student to enrol
at the Hexham Centre. He said: "I have really enjoyed studying
Travel and Tourism at Northumberland College. We have learned loads
about the industry and it's great that the centre is local."
It has been a successful first year with many students taking
part in competitions.
Trainee hairdresser Melissa Howdon, from Hexham, was the first
student from the Hexham Centre to win an award. She came third in
the Ladies Evening Style round of the Association of Hairdressers
and Therapists' UK Trainee Competition.
27-year-old Melissa, a mum of two, has just completed the Level
2 Diploma in Hairdressing said: "I enrolled on the course in
September and never thought I'd be competing in national
competitions so soon, I was over the moon to get third
"I have really enjoyed studying at the centre, particularly in
The Graduate hair salon because the facilities are excellent.
I have gained confidence dealing with clients and using creativity
with styles and feel I have been able to push myself. I am looking
forward to progressing to a Level 3 in September."
In May, beauty therapy students, Victoria Roberts and Kayleigh
Fairburn took part in the national heat of a WorldSkillsUK Level 2
Nail Art competition at Edinburgh Telford College, achieving first
and second places respectively.
The Graduate salon was 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 will benefit from the
latest professional advice and products, and the credibility within
the industry that such accreditation can provide both staff and
As well as offering courses for school leavers the centre has a
strong community and adult based learning focus and acts as a hub
for local businesses to identify their skills needs and to develop
and expand the college's apprenticeship offer, which include over
40 Apprenticeship subjects from Hairdressing to Health and Social
Care and IT to Early Years.
The college also has strong relationships with partner
organisations and provides facilities for NBSL and Ingeus and their
clients, many of whom enrol on training courses to improve either
job prospects or to help with aspects of running a small
For more information about the training opportunities available
in Hexham, call 01434 605050, email email@example.com
or visit www.northumberland.ac.uk