Northumberland College is launching a new base for hair and beauty in Hexham town centre.
The College is the largest provider of further and higher education in the county and first established a centre in Hexham in 2012.
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 six days per week and boasts eight hair stations, beauty therapy room and nail bar on the ground floor, eight further beauty areas on the first floor, plus classroom for theory and English and maths.
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.
Andy Brown, Head of Academy for Hair and Beauty at Northumberland College, 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.
"We offer full-time Level 2 and 3 hair and beauty and from September 2017 will introduce new technical qualifications at Level 2. We also offer apprenticeships in hairdressing, barbering, beauty therapy and customer service. Our teams can offer employers consultation on new qualifications and the government's Apprenticeship Levy, so we invite local salon owners to get in touch to discuss their training and development needs or attend our launch event in September."
The salon is now offering new and existing clients a wide range of treatments, using industry leading products and there will be a range of introductory launch promotions including complimentary conditioning treatment or coloured glossing treatment with every hair service during July and August booked with the senior stylist.
Learners from the College's Hexham hair and beauty department recently achieved success at the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists national final.
The competition, which recognises and rewards exceptional skills and achievements of trainee hairdressers and therapists, saw finalists from around 50 College's across the UK come together to compete.
Level 3 barbering student, 42-year-old, Trudie White from Hexham, secured fourth place in the competition final.
Trudie, who had previously completed Level 3 Hairdressing at the College, was the highest scoring student of the regional heats for her 'Ice Queen' hair and beauty design that added flashes of blue colour to her model's hair, bold make-up and a back combed hair style.
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."
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.
Enrolment for courses in Hexham takes place on Thursday August 24 and Thursday August 31 from11am to 6:30pm.
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