Stu­dents’ worry as hair­dress­ing course can­celled

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SOUTH­PORT stu­dents have been left dev­as­tated af­ter their col­lege course was can­celled just two weeks be­fore the new year be­gins.

A group of hair­dress­ing stu­dents, who com­pleted the NVQ level 2 hair­dress­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion at South­port Col­lege last year, were of­fered places to con­tinue to the level 3 course in Septem­ber.

But the course has been can­celled due to ‘‘an in­suf­fi­cient num­ber of stu­dents”.

The mother of one young woman who was due to un­der­take the course said: “This is dis­grace­ful.

“(My daugh­ter) was of­fered and ac­cepted the place in May and thought she was due to at­tend in Septem­ber.

“We checked with the col­lege last week and they told us it would prob­a­bly not be run­ning, but to check back be­cause the course leader was on hol­i­day.

“To find out at this late stage is dis­gust­ing. Some of the stu­dents have chil­dren and have made ar­range­ments for child­care and now the plug has been pulled.

“In­stead they have found out so late in the day and now have to fight for a place at an­other col­lege.”

She added: “I have had other chil­dren through the col­lege and been very happy with their progress and they gained su­perb re­sults but this sit­u­a­tion is dis­grace­ful and should not have hap­pened.”

A spokesper­son for South­port Col­lege said: “The de­ci­sion to can­cel a course is never taken lightly, how­ever the NVQ 3 hair­dress­ing course un­for­tu­nately does not have a suf­fi­cient num­ber of stu­dents to run this Septem­ber.

“All in­di­vid­u­als af­fected were in­formed by the col­lege as soon as prac­ti­cally pos­si­ble fol­low­ing con­fir­ma­tion of the de­ci­sion ear­lier this week.

“All those af­fected have been of­fered guid­ance interviews and been given as­sis­tance in sourc­ing places at other lo­cal providers or been di­rected to our ap­pren­tice­ship team who have a num­ber of lo­cal va­can­cies avail­able for Level 3 hair­dress­ing ap­pren­tice­ships.

“We would like to apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused dur­ing this un­for­tu­nately un­avoid­able sit­u­a­tion and would like to re­it­er­ate that our guid­ance team are avail­able to sup­port any stu­dents who still re­quire as­sis­tance in se­cur­ing a place for Septem­ber.”

South­port Col­lege: hair­dress­ing course can­celled at short no­tice

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