Students put services to use in local community

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Students studying in the Faculty of Service Industries at NCL have had a busy few weeks brushing up on their skills while giving something back to the local community. 

Nail Technician students from the Coatbridge Campus recently visited Greenfield Park Care Home in Carntyne to give pedicure treatments to the residents. 

Their lecturer Rhona Cunningham said: “The residents were very appreciative and thought the treatments received were fabulous.

“The students found the experience very rewarding and enjoyed their time working in the community. Visits such as this give students the opportunity to practice their skills in a real life environment, which in turn increases their confidence for their future career.

“We look forward to returning in the future to offer further treatments.”

Meanwhile Hairdressing and Barbering students from the Coatbridge Campus visited St. John the Baptist Primary School in Uddingston during their 'World of Work Week', highlighting the opportunities and careers available when choosing to study at New College Lanarkshire. 

The students gave pupils demonstrations on the latest hairstyles and spoke to them about life at college. 

Lecturer Angela Clark said: “It was an excellent opportunity for our students to get out into the local community and showcase their skills while encouraging the next generation of hairdressers and barbers to get involved.

“They were a credit to the College and the feedback from the school was excellent.”

Head Teach of St. John the Baptist PS, Mrs. Summers, said: “Thanks to the NCL team for their attendance at our World of Work Week.

“The children were bowled over by the opportunities that the students and Angela afforded them. We have never had such a positive response and we cannot thank you enough.

“The students were kind, thoughtful and extremely professional. Thank you again.”

Neil McMullen, Curriculum and Quality Leader at NCL, said: “These are fantastic examples of our students putting their skills to use in the local community while gaining valuable experience.

“The students at the care home really benefited from the experience but more importantly, felt a sense of achievement and pride at putting their skills to good use for others in our local area.

“It was also extremely valuable for our students to take part in the school careers day, as it gives the next generation an insight into what we can offer and it is important we continue to encourage and engage them.”

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