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Virtual Visits from the Best in the Business at Cheshire College

Paris McCleary’s competition entry (photo: gemkirkhairandmakeup)

Hair & Beauty learners at Cheshire College are being taught from the very best in the business as some of the industry’s leading experts dial in to their virtual lessons for a learning experience like no other.

The success of remote learning has continued to go from strength-to-strength at Cheshire College as tutors adapt to new ways of working and reap the rewards virtual learning environments can bring, allowing professionals in the field to safely and conveniently join their classes for the day to provide digital demonstrations to learners.

Since the announcement of college closures by the Government in January, Hair & Beauty learners at Cheshire College have enjoyed numerous workshops from experts in the hair, nail and make-up industry including international haircare brand Schwarzkopf and multi-award-winning nail artist Hazel Dixon, as well as some of the College’s amazing alumni.

Andrea Huby, Assistant Director of Hair & Beauty, said: “At Cheshire College we love bringing industry leaders into our classrooms to further enhance our learners’ knowledge and understanding of their chosen industries. Whilst we’ve been unable to welcome them onto our Campuses physically for some time now, by taking teaching online during lockdown we have had the opportunity to virtually welcome experts from all across the country into remote learning environments at the click of a button.

Leah Phelps’ competition entry (photo: gemkirkhairandmakeup)

“The reception we have received from professionals coming on board to conduct live lessons with our tutors has been phenomenal, so much so that for the past month many of our learners have benefitted from at least one guest workshop a week. It’s also been fantastic to welcome back many of our amazing alumni who have achieved fantastic accomplishments within their respective industries and demonstrate to our current learners the things they can achieve after completing their studies with us.”

One of the real benefits of virtual learning is also the functionality for lessons to be recorded, allowing learners to look back over demonstrations and workshops to hone their techniques – something that is particularly useful for those studying hair and beauty where practice makes perfect.

Level 2 Nail Technology learner Lydia Steadman commented: “I think learning online is great. It’s really helped me progress my skills and fully take on board the feedback from my lecturers, so I am able to practice my techniques which will ultimately get me to where I want to be in the future.”

Learners are still able to complete certified courses during this period of online learning too, with Level 2 and Level 3 Hairdressing learners receiving remote sessions from Wella and Schwarzkopf Professional’s Academy Technicians on their latest systems and practices.

Ethan Phillips’ competition entry (photo: gemkirkhairandmakeup)

The good news keeps on coming for the College’s Hair & Beauty department too, who recently received the news three of their Barbering learners have made it through to the next round of Concept Hair Magazine’s Learner of the Year 2021 Competition which recognise the hard work and skills of future stylists.

The initial judging took place in January 2021 and it was announced learners Ethan Phillipson and Leah Phelps are going through to the next round in the Level 3 Old School Barbershop category, and Paris McCleary has made it to the next of the Level 2 Old School Barbershop category. 

Competition was fierce as Concept Hair Magazine received over 1,000 entries for the first round of the competition where learners had to submit a photographic entry and the entire College department got involved to make it a true success with make-up learners supporting with models’ looks on the day.

Cheshire College offer a wide variety of courses within their Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy department, where learners benefit from the highest standards of tuition from teaching staff who continue to work in industry or run their own successful business. The College’s facilities enable learners to gain practical skills within industry standard commercial salons including barbering and hair salons, as well as a luxurious spa facility containing a steam room, jacuzzi, sauna and flotation tank.

To learn more about studying at Cheshire College – South & West visit ccsw.ac.uk and register for the College’s next Virtual Open Day which will be taking place on Monday 8 March. Attendees will be able to chat to subject specialists, find out more about courses and facilities, get guidance on applications, funding and travel, as well as take part in a live question and answer session designed to give a flavour of College life… there has never been a better time to ‘Get In, Stand Out’.