College’s £1.5m plans for new-look salons

The artist's impression of what the new salons will look like on campus.
The artist's impression of what the new salons will look like on campus.

Lancaster & Morecambe College have revealed their upcoming plans for the redevelopment of the hairdressing and beauty therapy salons at their Morecambe Road campus.

The college has secured funding to turn what is currently office space into state-of-the-art, professional hairdressing and beauty therapy salons.

The £1.5m investment will benefit current and prospective students as well as the local community as the salons introduce new advanced treatments and extended opening hours.

The new facilities, which are due to be completed in January 2015, will attract new clients to the salons, with teaching taking a more focused approach to developing the students’ employability skills; giving them the necessary practical experience and increasing their confidence and skills whilst dealing with customers.

Work will begin on the project in the next few months.

Hairdressers and beauty therapists will be interested to know that the college now offers a Level 3 Certificate in First Line Salon Management, for those who feel ready to progress to the next level of management.

Meanwhile, hundreds of local people have taken the first step towards their dream career following an event held at the college last week.

The annual Apprenticeship, Jobs and Opportunities Night is designed to showcase the various apprenticeship positions and progression routes available in the local area at the moment.

The evening was one of a series of events the college was involved in as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Employers from local businesses were on hand to chat to guests about the vacancies available in their organisations, whilst specialists from college and other providers were on hand to advise on the application process, qualifications and support available through the college, as well as offering a CV workshop and general advice and guidance on apprenticeships and other courses. More than 200 people attended the event, with more than 50 applying for an apprenticeship or full-time course on the evening.