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2 December 2016

Industry experts meet the next generation of Hair & Beauty specialists at Cardiff and Vale College

The next generation of hair and beauty specialists have been given advice on how to make the most of their futures at a special event at Cardiff and Vale College.

Industry experts gathered at the College’s City Centre Campus salon urbasba for recruitment and to talk about careers in Hair and Beauty.

The students heard from Cardiff-based businesses Ener-Chi Organics, Hair Business and Precision Cardiff, and the manager of urbasba Hayley Parsons-Jones. The students also heard from Flair Recruitment and Benefit UK representatives about the many directions their qualifications can take them.

Leigharne Phillips, Owner of Hair Business in Cowbridge spent the early part of her career working on cruise ships and spoke to the learners about her career path. The learners also heard from Lawrence Taylor from Precision Hair design of Cardiff, who gave a warts and all account of what working in the industry is like.

“As well as owning my own salon here in Cardiff, I also travel, educating hairstylists up and down the country,” he said. “I must admit that it’s great to see that in Cardiff we have one of the most beautiful hairdressing and beauty academies I have ever been to – right on our doorstep!

“Personally, I loved seeing how enthusiastic the whole team are at CAVC. They really do have such a passion for their own chosen career and for their students.

“It was a joy to speak alongside other incredibly talented business owners at the event. To hear their stories and what’s inspired them. Hopefully each student will have taken something from the event, whether it might be the kick start into opening their own salon, to get on stage as we all do or to travel the world and change people’s lives with this incredible career.

“I look forward to hopefully come back to work here again in the near future.”

After hearing the individual stories from each business representative on how they can further their careers, the students had the opportunity to apply for apprenticeships and part-time positions. Eight different stalls were set up with examples of the roles on offer and with application forms for the next generation of hair and beauty professionals to complete on the day.

The event was successfully delivered by the College’s Hair and Beauty Department, with the help of the B#EPIC team. Head of Retail and Commercial Enterprise, Ceri Evans, said:

“As a training provider we are constantly striving for excellence and whilst gaining professional recognition from employers that we collaborate with. When our learners enrol we have a responsibility to provide them with the best possible opportunity to gain employment. We also host trade test opportunity for employers to observe learners whilst working with clients in urbasba, this then leads to successful interview and the offer of employment for many.

“The environment is completely commercial with learners working evenings and weekends as they do in industry. This all helps to prepare our learners for the world of work.

This is the second year that we have run this event and it’s been a great success with three learners already being offered employment three days after the event.”