PN Hair­dress­ing Col­lege teaches more than most

The Tribune (NZ) - - LEARNING FOR LIFE 2016 -

If you are look­ing for a ca­reer that al­lows you to ex­press your pas­sion and in­di­vid­u­al­ity, hone your cre­ative skills, be the best that you can be ei­ther in your own busi­ness or some­one else’s, in New Zealand or over­seas, then read on.

‘‘There is more to train­ing than just NZQA unit stan­dards. Our in­dus­try de­mands pas­sion, skill, im­mac­u­late groom­ing and ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice skills’’ says Sue Chard from Hair­dress­ing Col­lege, Palmer­ston North.

‘‘Hav­ing 35 plus years ex­pe­ri­ence and with strong re­la­tion­ships built within New Zealand’s hair­dress­ing in­dus­try lead­ers, I know what level of skill sa­lons want in their hair­dressers so my busi­ness goal is to send stu­dents out into the world, work ready, not only hav­ing gained their unit stan­dards, but with ex­cep­tional hair­dress­ing skills, a never say no at­ti­tude and a real pas­sion to suc­ceed,’’ Sue says.

As a pri­vate provider, Sue is able to have her tu­to­rial team teach the cur­ricu­lum in a way that re­sults in sa­lon own­ers’ around New Zealand seek­ing out a large num­ber of her grad­u­ates. She says that 70 per cent of grad­u­ates leave her col­lege with a hair­dress­ing job.

‘‘My moral obli­ga­tion has been met when our grad­u­ates set off into the work­force with con­fi­dence, ex­cel­lent hair­dress­ing skills, hand­son work ex­pe­ri­ence and the abil­ity to suc­ceed.’’

Sue says that to en­sure stu­dents get a good, solid start in the class, the first five weeks of the course is the­ory free and is in­stead ded­i­cated to cre­ative chal­lenges, pos­i­tive bond­ing, skills and hav­ing fun, while all the time set­ting bound­aries and en­sur­ing stu­dents un­der­stand the ben­e­fits of work­ing hard, reg­u­lar at­ten­dance and be­ing fo­cused on their goals.

Through­out the col­lege’s hair­dress­ing course, stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete for pres­ti­gious in­dus­try awards in New Zealand com­pe­ti­tions, learn how to put to­gether a pho­to­shoot with the highly-re­garded New Zealand As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand Hair­dressers Inc. (NZARH) and carry out self-brand­ing ex­er­cises and/or plat­form work.

‘‘For us, com­pe­ti­tion is all part of tak­ing our stu­dents from be­ing ‘just hair­dressers’ to ‘ex­cep­tional young stylists who are ex­cited about be­ing part of so­ci­ety, who want to suc­ceed in the won­der­ful world of hair­dress­ing and know that they have the abil­ity to do so,’’ says Sue.

Last year, grad­u­ate Car­men Rut­land, who was an­nounced 2015 Stu­dent of the Year, won Novice Cham­pion in the NZARH photo com­pe­ti­tion and also won the Pa­trick Cameron Photo Chal­lenge out of 65 na­tion­wide en­tries.

Sue also added that The Hair­dress­ing Col­lege stu­dents have had amaz­ing suc­cess over the last four years. Salina Mur­phy, Sue’s head tu­tor, com­peted against 17 other hair­dressers late last year; the com­pe­ti­tion is open to New Zealan­ders and Aus­tralians, to win the pres­ti­gious Oceanic Hair­dress­ing Grand Masters Award.

As tu­tors, Sue knows the school is judged by its re­sults so the suc­cess of her stu­dents as they move out into the com­mer­cial world at the end of each year, tells her they are do­ing an ex­cep­tional job.

Hair­dress­ing Col­lege grad­u­ate Car­men Rut­land ac­cepts a tro­phy with tu­tor Cali Holdsworth at last year’s na­tional hair­dress­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

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