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You can work in a range of settings, from salons to department stores or cruise ships or even go mobile, and bring your skills to people’s homes.  Hairdressers will start by getting a broad level of training, and then perhaps look to gain skills in more specific areas. People training to work in the beauty industry have a wide range of choices regarding which skills they would like to learn.

Our purpose built Lifestyle building at Cauldon Campus and our bespoke make-up studio for theatrical and media make-up at Burslem Campus offer industry  standard, cutting-edge facilities in which to learn.

2014 saw Stoke on Trent College’s Lifestyle Hair Salon celebrate 10 years of association with L’Oreal. No ordinary hair salon, the L’Oreal Flagship Salon benefits from the support of industry leader L’Oreal ensuring our students are fully prepared for employment in the hairdressing sector when they complete their qualifications. L’Oreal provide input into all our hairdressing courses, including specialist training for our staff, so that our teaching keeps up to date with developments in the sector, as well as benefiting from the great products that L’Oreal provide.

Stoke on Trent College is the place to start your career in hair, beauty or holistic therapies.  With experienced tutors from your chosen industry, a track record of great success in external, regional and national skills competitions - including a world champion for nail art - and fantastic links with local and national employers, you can be assured of the best possible education. Recently our students have been  able to enjoy regular workshops run by Tristan Eves, Celebrity Hair Stylist, who currently works at one of London’s top award winning hair salons in the centre of Covent Garden, to gain an insight into the wider world of hairdressing and to prepare them for a successful career in this exciting and fast moving industry.

KEY FACTS ABOUT HAIR, BEAUTY & HOLISTIC THERAPIES

  • Fashion hairdressing is a fast moving industry with a high level of job satisfaction
  • Beauty therapy is diverse, offering opportunities to expand skills and knowledge
  • Spa therapists are in high demand
  • Nail salons exist on most high streets
  • You can end up working on cruise liners or in international holiday resorts

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Amy Hargreaves and Adele Webberley

Having never met before starting a Staffordshire University Foundation Degree in Complimentary Therapies, Adele Webberley and Amy Hargreaves have since become best friends and are launching a business together.
 
The enterprising pair from Stoke-on-Trent is now running Therapeutics UK, an alternative therapy company which sends trained practitioners to clinical and care centres, or private homes, to administer treatment.
 
"The idea is we want to take the company away from the hippy idea of alternative therapy and instead use advanced, science based practices, which is what we learnt on the course," Adele said.
 
When the company officially launches, in September this year, the aim is to only employ staff that come through a similar foundation degree to their own or through higher education.
 
And both Adele, 40, and Amy, 24, have hopes to progress their own academic careers, giving them an even better understanding of healthcare and further boost the credentials of Therapeutics UK.
 
Amy said: "The business is going to fund the studies and the important thing is to maintain professionalism, so we would both like to do the honours degree and then possibly go further – maybe a PhD eventually."
 
Both partners have had experience in the therapeutics industry before they started their foundation degrees, which took place at Stoke-on-Trent College.
 
Amy carried out Swedish massage at VCTC level – a specialist award body offering a range of vocational qualifications in subjects such as beauty therapy, sports therapy and health and fitness – and then decided she wanted to advance. She said: "I'd been looking to do something new but I didn't do any A-Levels so to go onto a foundation degree was very different for me."
 
Adele has come from a career in the Prison Service before entering the field of therapy. She said: "I started in 1990, left in 2005 and never went back. I got to the point where the job became demoralising so I decided I wanted a change."
 
She added: "I work well with people – and my Grandmother was a herbalist – so I decided to try complementary therapies because it seemed to be the right way to go."
 
When the pair met on the Complimentary Therapies Foundation Degree, they began helping each other and became best friends. Adele admits that "our ages are very different," but said: "When I had ideas I could bounce something of Amy. She became somebody that I could depend on."
 
Amy added: "While on the course I came to rely on Adele to check my work and help me. We've definitely become best friends and we wouldn't have met if it wasn't for the foundation degree.
 
"As well as that, I've definitely been impressed with the level of support we've had and the time the lecturers have given to us. I've loved it."

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