Our Level 1 Hair and Beauty students put their skills into practice at start of December and held a luxury pamper day to raise money for charity, after taking a local cause to their hearts and pledging a year of fundraising to help raise awareness and buy resources to tackle knife crime.
Our learners, who were inspired by the story of a local young man, Byron, who was tragically killed earlier this year, took the lead on the planning and promotion of their event. Charging £12 for a ticket, clients were able to enjoy a shampoo and conditioning treatment plus a luxury manicure in our commercial salon at our Adams Building campus. Not only did they use the pamper day as an opportunity to raise money, but to develop the range of valuable transferable skills they learn on their course and build their confidence working with paying clients.
Practical sessions make up a key part of our hair and beauty courses, allowing our students to get the hands-on experience they need to go into industry and for many of our Level 1 learners, this was their first time working with paying clients and was an opportunity to put skills into practice in a commercial salon setting.
Level 1 hairdressing student Mia who was the team leader for the pamper day commented:
As this was our first event everyone was nervous, but it went really well. The conversation flowed with every client, the event was a huge success, and everyone feels much more confident to work on events like this in the future.- Mia, Level 1 Hairdressing student.
As well as putting practical skills into action, the project has resulted in a huge improvement in learner engagement across all aspects of their course.
“Throughout the planning for this event the students have been much more engaged and working harder in all aspects of their course. For example, in their maths lessons the students have been working out pricing and profit margins for the event. They looked at how much it would cost to sell refreshments and what percentages of the costs from each treatment would go towards their fundraising goals.” – Kirsty Layton, Salon Coordinator.
Debbie Ball and Nicola Cromer, Hair and Beauty Lecturers commented on how ‘exceptionally well’ their learners did, and despite only starting their courses in September, they took the challenges thrown at them during the event in their stride and upheld high professional standards that allowed them to work towards their assessments.
Our students were nervous but excited about holding their first event as this was their first time working on proper clients. They did exceptionally well, holding high professional standards throughout the afternoon, raising money for charity, and working towards their assessments. Taking on such a huge subject and demonstrating such a passion to help and make lives better is a real inspiration and I’m very proud of my students.- Debbie Ball, Hair and Beauty Lecturer.
This was the first client session for our beauty students, and they worked really well throughout their treatments. Client feedback was very positive which uplifted our learners’ confidence and the nature of the event saw some of our students working back-to-back, giving them a realistic salon experience. In the face of adversity with the current covid restrictions our students worked exceptionally well.- Nicola Cromer, beauty lecturer.
The combination of fundraising events from our Hair and Beauty students has seen over £600 raised so far which will go towards purchasing lifesaving anti-bleed kits.
Students from across Nottingham College have also been taking part in a range of fundraising activities, and after a college wide student vote, we recently launched our Charity of the Year, the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Hair and Beauty courses at Nottingham College
We have a dedicated, passionate and award-winning team of hair and beauty lecturers, all with years of experience in the industry so we’re all set up to give you a great start to your career, offering you continual professional development in your chosen field.
Whether you’re leaving school and looking to take your first steps into a career or want to up-skill with a part-time course, we have a wealth of options available.
Did you know we have two commercial salons at Nottingham College that our open to the public? Located at our Adams Building and Wheeler Gate in Nottingham City Centre the salons are mutually beneficial to our students as well as to local people. They are the perfect place for our hair and beauty students to learn in a work like environment and for clients to be pampered in a relaxing and professional environment under the supervision of our fully qualified and experienced staff.