New face for an Auckland icon
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.