Northumberland College has launched a new base for hair and beauty in Hexham town centre.
Guy Opperman, MP for Hexham officially opened the College's new centre at its launch event on Friday, during which guests enjoyed canapés, drinks and a tour of the new premises, as well as hair and beauty demonstrations from students.
The new base, positioned in a more central location at the Cattle Market, will focus on hair and beauty training with a salon that is open to the public five days per week that boasts eight hair stations, a beauty therapy room and nail bar, plus a classroom for theory and English and maths upstairs.
Marcus Clinton, Northumberland College's Principal and CEO said: "This latest investment is testament to Northumberland College's continued commitment to invest in industry standard training environments and align our provision with local economic need."
Guy Opperman said: "I was delighted to be asked to open Northumberland College's new hair and beauty centre in Hexham. This is a brilliant new facility which will provide high quality training for students, and it is great to see the College continue to invest to ensure that students not only have the best possible training, but also have a fantastic experience at the same time."
Northumberland College is the largest provider of further and higher education in the county and first established a centre in Hexham in 2012.
Andy Brown, Head of Academy for Hair and Beauty at Northumberland College, said: "We offer full-time Level 2 and 3 hair and beauty and have now introduced new technical qualifications at Level 2. We also offer apprenticeships in hairdressing, barbering, beauty therapy and customer service.
Our teams can also offer employers consultation on new qualifications and the government's Apprenticeship Levy."
For those looking to book a hair or beauty treatment, the salon is now offering new and existing clients introductory launch promotions for a wide range of treatments, using industry leading products plus.
Andy adds: "Our aim is to support student's to be work ready. This new salon joins a portfolio that includes two at our Ashington campus and one in Berwick. We are leaders within hair and beauty training with over 40 years' experience across our teaching teams and through our Apprenticeship Academy industry professionals support and assess learners in the workplace."
The College offers free transport to college for 16-18s to its other campus locations, while the new centre recognises local demand within the hair and beauty sector and enables those students to study locally.
Following an Ofsted inspection that was carried out in May 2017, Northumberland College was praised for its clear vision to deliver high quality learning and its findings confirm the college as one of the best in the region.
To find out more about courses at the College's Hexham centre or to register to attend for the launch event please visit www.northumberland.ac.uk/campuses/hexham-campus call 01434 60 50 50 or email firstname.lastname@example.org