PN Hairdressing College teaches more than most
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.