Kiama and Shoalhaven Community College, featuring the area’s local Hair and Beauty School, has its most current courses starting in late January at the Shoalhaven campus.
The college has run hair and beauty training for over seven years, equipping adult learners with the skills and know-how for a successful career.
Hair and Beauty VET co-ordinator Lillian Spence has over 25 years’ experience in the industry and has been with the college for over six years.
“It is important people entering the industry are well-trained, and know all the current techniques to succeed in this popular business,” she said.
“We have around 10 trainers in hair and beauty, with a great range of experiences in different areas.”
The college offers current industry qualifications in the following:
- Diploma of Beauty Therapy
- Diploma of Salon Management
- Certificate IV Beauty Therapy
- Certificate III Beauty Services
- Certificate III Nail Technology
- Certificate II Retail Cosmetics
- Certificate III Hairdressing
- Certificate III Barbering
- Certificate II Salon Management
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“As a community college we can offer hands on individual training to small groups,” Lillian said.
“We also run short evening courses in skills sets to suit the individual who wants to up grade their skills.”
Lillian said some interesting trends had emerged in the industry recently.
“We are finding makeup and lash extensions have been very popular the last few years,” she said.
“The surge in men’s grooming has made our barbering courses very popular and due to popular demand we are offering micro-dermabrasion treatment as a short course.”
Lillian said there was great reward in seeing students achieve success, and knowing they have found work in their chosen industry.
“We are always happy to visit and give advice when they move on to open business of their own,” she said.
“All our trainers are local business owners or work in local salons and are from the area. It’s a lovely community feel at the college.”
The trainers are always available to chat to people and offer advice.
“Each student is interviewed before enrollment, to make sure they are choosing the right pathway for them,” Lillian said.
For more information phone 4423 0351, visit the website www.kcc.nsw.edu.au or find the college on Facebook kiamaShoalhavenCommunityColleges or drop into 1 Mattes Way, Bomaderry.