Hairdressing and Barbering staff from New College Lanarkshire have spent the summer keeping up with the latest health and safety demands of their industry.
And now they’re sharing their skills and knowledge with the first students to benefit from new teaching and hygiene practices.
New guidelines for the beauty and hair industries are incorporated into the curriculum for students of Hairdressing and Barbering courses at our campuses in Coatbridge, Cumbernauld and Motherwell.
Neil McMullen, Curriculum and Quality Leader, said: “There has always been an emphasis on health, safety and hygiene in our industry, but now we will be adding sessions relating to Covid-19, how this can affect our practice when learning, and how this will be reflected in industry.
“The guidance changes all the time – when salons first reopened, stylists could wear a visor, but it is now recognised that a visor alone is not enough protection, either for the stylist or client.
“So throughout the summer, our Hairdressing and Barbering staff have been taking part in online courses and video demonstrations from professional sources.”
Dozens of staff have participated in online training delivered by well-known industry names, including long hair experts Patrick Cameron and Sharon Blain, barbering specialist Sid Sottung, and hair care giant Wella.
Academic and Professional Services staff in our Faculty of Service Industry have also completed the ‘Barbicide Covid-19 Certification’ course, which covers infection control measures including how to use Barbicide disinfectant effectively, and the correct use and disposal of PPE.
Neil added: “Participating in these online courses has shown the passion that all of our staff have for their industry.
“Our staff continually engage in learning to maintain currency of knowledge and skills to reflect industry standards.
“The public demand for our services is high and the re-opening of salons was great news for the industry and local economy.
“By using this new and innovative way of learning, it has helped motivate staff through learning about current training. This will also help staff pass on their enthusiasm as they deliver remote lessons for our students.
“Staff are taking part in the different training sessions for lesson delivery that the College has offered to fully support students in their remote learning combined with face-to-face teaching.”
Neil trained as a hairdresser some 32 years ago at one of NCL’s founding colleges, Coatbridge College. He has worked in industry for almost three decades and continues to combine running a salon with his teaching commitments at New College Lanarkshire.
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