New face for an Auck­land icon

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246 Queen Street is home to Cut Above’s new Academy of Beauty and Spa Ther­apy, its well-known hair­dress­ing and make-up acad­e­mies, and its brand new beauty clinic, day spa, and train­ing hair sa­lon.

Auck­lan­ders who were around the cen­tral city a decade ago will re­mem­ber the hey­day of the 246 Fash­ion Cen­tre – with its trendy bou­tiques and the Bal­cony Cof­fee Lounge – where every­one met for cof­fee and gos­sip, or took a short­cut through from Queen Street to the Cut Above hair­dress- ers and Lorne Street art gal­leries.

Lorne Street is still the art cen­tre, but Cut Above is now more than hair. The com­pany has taken over three floors of the 246 build­ing, which house its hair­dress­ing and make-up schools, its high tech Academy of Beauty and Spa Ther­apy, and a state-of-the-art beauty clinic, day spa and pro­fes­sional train­ing sa­lon on the Lorne Street level of 246 – above Dy­mocks’ Queen Street store.

Academy of Beauty and Spa Ther­apy of­fers unique work ex­pe­ri­ence

The boom in beauty spas means great job prospects for qual­i­fied ther­a­pists.

Recog­nised for many years as leaders in ed­u­ca­tion for the hair and make-up in­dus­tries, Cut Above has ap­plied its well-proven train­ing prin­ci­ples to the first-class qual­i­fi­ca­tions of­fered in its new Academy in Beauty and Spa Ther­apy.

With hard work and ap­pli­ca­tion grad­u­ates achieve NZQA qual­i­fi­ca­tions in beauty ther­apy to level five – plus the op­tion to gain in­ter­na­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

But, most im­por­tantly, the beauty stu­dents gain work ex­pe­ri­ence in the beauty ther­apy clinic and day spa - putting tech­ni­cal and cus­tomer ser­vice skills learned in class into prac­tise on clients from the CBD work force - and gain­ing con­fi­dence.

As a Cut Above stu­dent they also par­tic­i­pate in the huge net­work of Cut Above in­dus­try con­tacts, gain­ing fur­ther ex­pe­ri­ence and valu­able con­tacts by work­ing in the pam­per lounge zones for char­ity and cor­po­rate pro­mo­tions such as NZ Fash­ion Week, Starship, Daffo- dil Day, Girls’ Day Out, Big Boys Toys and so on.

Train­ing for the diploma cov­ers a com­pre­hen­sive range of beau­ti­cian, body and spa ser­vices in­clud­ing skin anal­y­sis, man­i­cure, pedi­cure, lash and brow tint­ing, wax­ing, fa­cial tech­niques and make-up.

Body treat­ments in­clud­ing fig­ure anal­y­sis, Swedish mas­sage, herbal wraps, al­ter­na­tive holis­tic body and spa treat­ments, health stud­ies nutri­tion, physics, chem­istry, and busi­ness prac­tice.

In ad­di­tion, trainees re­ceive tu­ition for the Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Nail Tech­nol­ogy free-of-charge – a dis­tinct bonus that en­ables them to earn ex­tra money while train­ing.

Cut Above grad­u­ates are in great de­mand – many have jobs to go to im­me­di­ately af­ter com­ple­tion – and many choose to set up their own small busi­ness.

The academy is now en­rolling stu­dents for the April and July in­takes – and is of­fer­ing a free two-day trial to those in­ter­ested in find­ing out more. To find out more phone 0800 CUT ABOVE or 09 309 0689.

• The Diploma in Beauty Ther­apy is full-time, and tu­ition ex­tends for 54 weeks, in­clud­ing va­ca­tion and study breaks.

• The course is ap­proved for stu­dent fees loans and liv­ing cost loans or al­lowances, and NZ res­i­dents are en­ti­tled to a gov­ern­ment sub­sidy.

• In­ter­na­tional stu­dents are wel­come, and the academy will ar­range ex­tra-cur­ric­ula tu­ition with an ESOL tu­tor for those who feel they need it.

• There are four in­takes a year - Fe­bru­ary, April, July and Oc­to­ber - and applications are now be­ing ac­cepted for the 2009 April and July in­takes.

• The Cut Above re­cruit­ment team is qual­i­fied and ready to help with loan applications, bud­get­ing ad­vice, and in­for­ma­tion on NZISS re­quire­ments for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

• There is a full-time Stu­dent/In­dus­try Li­ai­son of­fi­cer who as­sist with job place­ment, ac­com­mo­da­tion, ex­ter­nal guid­ance con­tacts, and other per­sonal prob­lems.

All smiles: Cut Above di­rec­tor Gael Thomp­son, Academy of Beauty and Spa Ther­apy HOD Marilyn Simp­son, and trainees Rox­anne Payne, Christina O’Brien and Mika Saka in the train­ing clinic.

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