29 January 2016

Staff and students cut a cake to celebrate a successful first year for the new-look hair and beauty salons at Telford College of Arts and Technology.

The college has invested around £125,000 in a total revamp of its five training salons to create The Retreat – and it has proved to be a wise decision.

Bookings from clients are up by around twenty per cent in the first year, and the team have built strong partnerships with around a dozen local salons, who are offering work placement to students.

The Retreat has three beauty salons, used for both training and commercial use, each with 10 work stations, plus two hair salons which each have 16 work stations.

There is also a large reception area offering a range of beauty products for sale, a sauna and steam room, and a new high-spec booking system is being installed during February.

Charlotte Denby, Quality Co-ordinator for hairdressing and beauty therapy at TCAT, said:

“We’re really proud of the facilities, and the services we can now offer at The Retreat. It is a friendly and relaxing suite of treatment areas, where our aim is to make sure clients are relaxed, rejuvenated and recharged.”

All of TCAT’s hair and beauty students will be completing a week’s work experience during the next few months, and Charlotte said the team were grateful for the support being given by many local businesses.

“The salons which have agreed to have our students for placements include Belle Beauty in Wellington, Glow Beauty and Shabby2Chic of Trench, the QHotels Spa at Sutton Heights, and Sweetcheeks from Dawley.

“More are still to be agreed, and we are very proud of what the students have achieved with securing these placements.

“The time they spend at these salons will improve their employability skills, enhance their CVs and could potentially lead to full or part employment.”

Telford College of Arts and Technology is an FE college with over 16,000 students, including school leavers, individuals taking a second chance at education, employees of multinational companies, and overseas students.