Fears of college-course cull quashed by college

CUT ABOVE THE REST -- apprentice Holly Nixon, of Hucknall, at work in the college salon during an event last year
CUT ABOVE THE REST -- apprentice Holly Nixon, of Hucknall, at work in the college salon during an event last year

FEARS surrounding rumours that the popular hair and beauty courses are to be stripped from Hucknall College have been quashed.

The Dispatch was alerted to the claims by a customer who uses the salon at the campus on Portland Road, which is run by New College Nottingham (ncn).

She suggested the courses were earmarked to be moved to another of ncn’s sites, Clarendon College in Nottingham city centre.

“It would be a complete travesty if the courses were to be taken away,” said the woman, who asked not to be named.

“A lot of local people are on those courses and a lot of people use the salon. It has become part of Hucknall.”

But the worries have been emphatically put to rest by ncn.

It says that courses across a range of subjects, including hairdressing and beauty treatments, such as facials, waxing and manicures, will remain an integral part of the prospectus at Hucknall.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) will continue to run, protecting dozens of students, of all ages, who are on the courses.

Liz Leek, director of students at ncn, said: “I can confirm that hair and beauty courses will continue to be delivered at ncn Hucknall.

“We will be offering GNVQ Level 3 courses in hairdressing, nail services and beauty therapy, along with a new complementary therapies course at the Hucknall campus.

“We are pleased to offer to the Hucknall community a wide range of value-for-money services, provided by our students, and look forward to welcoming more clients to our hair and beauty salon in the future.”

The current Hucknall College, which opened in the late 1990s, was built at a cost of more than £1.5 million. It replaced the dilapidated former college campus off Duke Street.

It is one of seven centres run by ncn for the benefit of thousands of students.

Ncn is one of the biggest college organisations in the country, offering a vast array of full-time and part-time courses.

Since Hucknall College was launched, it has become an integral part of further education in the town, offering study in subjects ranging from floristry to digital photography and information technology.

It also boasts a creche for parents who want to get back into education.

At the state-of-the-art hairdressing salon, students are trained in all aspects of the trade. They gain practical experience by opening up their services to the public.

Students take part in high-profile shows and some have gone on to be involved in national competitions.

The courses on offer are regularly showcased through well-attended open evenings at the college.

There is a learning centre with a computer suite and Connexions advisers are on hand to give guidance on future studies and careers.