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Hairdressing students volunteer at Hospital

Hairdressing students volunteer at Hospital

CAERPHILLY students have volunteered to provide free hairdressing to patients at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr hospital.

The Hair and Beauty students, from The College Ystrad Mynach, have given up their time to put their newly learnt skills into practice, while helping those in need.

Providing the free service has also helped students to develop their practical experience in a working environment, and improve their communication skills, when working with customers.

The service has been well received by patients, and Jodie Hill, a 25-year-old student volunteering at the hospital, is undoubtedly proud of her achievement: “It is so uplifting to know that we make the difference to so many people’s lives. Patients are noticeably cheered up when we visit, and it is clear that they value our service. 

“We provide companionship, as well as hairdressing, and it is fantastic to see so many smiles across the wards when we visit”

Martine Lewis, level three hairdressing course lecturer at The College Ystrad Mynach, said: “This scheme allows students to boost their practical skills and expertise, while providing a service to patients, who cannot access such amenities.

“I’m incredibly proud of every student that takes part, as they are giving something back to the community and help a great amount of people in need along the way.”

Principal of The College Ystrad Mynach, Bryn Davies, said: “I’m delighted that our students have committed their time to help improve the lives of the patients at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr hospital.

“This generous act will not only help patients but will also help to build the students’ own credentials and give them valuable practical experience to help them in their future careers.”

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The College Ystrad Mynach students cut and finish in top three of competition

Hairdressing Competition Winners

STUDENTS from The College Ystrad Mynach have bagged the top three places in a prestigious South Wales hairdressing competition.

Lisa Williams, Kristian Reed and Curtis James finished in first, second and third place respectively in the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) Men’s commercial cut & finish competition.

Students across South Wales competed in the competition, aimed at trainee hairdressers and therapists, and the top three in each category have won a place at the national finals later this year.

The ceremony took place at The College Ystrad Mynach.

Lisa Williams, winner of the competition, and studying for a Level Two BTEC in Hairdressing, said:

“I was absolutely thrilled to win the competition and never expected my name to be read out.

“I cannot wait to compete in the national finals and I think in order to win, I need to step it up a gear to compete at the next level, and I’ve certainly got a few ideas in mind as to how I can do that, such as experimenting with different types of colours and styles.”

Competition Director, David Bassett, added:

“The students gain so much valuable experience from entering a competition like this, as it gives them the chance to compete with their peers across the country.

“I’ve judged many hairdressing competitions in the past and the standard this year has been far higher than I’ve seen before, so I think we’ve got a great chance of picking up some silverware at the finals.”

Commenting on the success of his students, Bryn Davies, Principal at The College Ystrad Mynach, said:

“We’re delighted that our students have reached the top three of a competition running across Wales.

“This result demonstrates the talent that our college is consistently producing and also the high-quality of teaching offered from tutors across the college.”


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College Ystrad Mynach student is top of the crops

14-19 Hairdressing Student

A TALENTED budding hairdresser is proving she is a cut above the rest thanks to her studies at The College Ystrad Mynach.

Rachel Hickling, 15, is studying hairdressing under the Learning Pathways scheme, which enables youngsters who may not necessarily flourish in school to learn practical skills and encourages them go on and succeed.

The Welsh Government scheme allows students to take an alternative route in their education as opposed to a more traditional school-based curriculum.

Rachel, from Machen, is learning practical, hands-on hairdressing skills four days a week at the Ystrad Mynach campus and then studies more traditional subjects like maths and English one day a week at Basseleg School in Newport.

And young Rachel, who is studying for the Diploma VRQ Level 1 Hairdressing qualification, is proving to be top of the crops after winning two first places at the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists annual competition in Blackpool.

Rachel won first prizes in both the evening style (hair up) and trendy blow-dry sections.

Rachel’s course takes one academic year and sees her in the college salon learning essential hairdressing skills and techniques as well as doing competition and client sessions and picking up customer services skills.

Martin Jones, the college’s 14-19 co-ordinator, said the Learning Pathways scheme was absolutely vital and without it, many more youngsters would fall into the NEET category – a person who is not in education, employment or training:

“To illustrate how important it is, you need to look at the numbers of students who join us, complete the courses and then stay with us to continue their studies or go to study elsewhere. That rate is around 75% which is very high. Without this sort of course, a lot would fall by the wayside.

“The staff work extremely hard to keep the youngsters engaged and the scheme is absolutely vital.”

Rachel’s course coordinator Jo Harris said: “Rachel is on Learning Pathways because she was not engaging with traditional education. I think the biggest benefit she has got from the scheme is that it has shown her she has a real talent for hairdressing.

“Winning first places in Blackpool has given her the confidence that she could actually be a hairdresser and she is beginning to believe in herself, which is lovely to see.”

Rachel, who was up against budding hairdressers from 40 colleges around the UK at Blackpool, said: “When they said I was the winner of the hair up section, I was so shocked. Then when they said I was first in the blow-dry as well, I started crying.”

Rachel, who is planning to continue at college next year and progress to the Level Two Hairdressing course, hopes to one day open her own salon.

She added: “I get excited when we get to do practical work in the college salon and work on each other’s hair. I really love hairdressing.”

Rachel was not the only student from The College Ystrad Mynach to come back from the Blackpool championships with a prize. There were first and third places in the face painting category for fellow students Jade Bishop and Chloe Brindle respectively.

Posted by Marketing at 14:17

Hairdressing students show they are a cut above the rest

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Thirty hairdressing students from The College Ystrad Mynach are heading to London next week to show off their talents to the world.

The NVQ level 3 hairdressing students are appearing at WorldSkills London 2011, the world's largest international skills showcase.

The students were invited to take part in the event at the ExCel exhibition centre after impressing the organisers with a fund-raising show they did for teenage cancer at the college in Ystrad Mynach in April.

Salon manager and lecturer Dave Bassett explained:

The organisers put out a call for people to put on a display of t heir skills. We did a show here in April, where we showed the organisers what our talented hairdressing students are capable of, and we were delighted when they chose us to go to London.”

The hairdressing students will spend next Friday morning (October 7) creating their designs on stage at the venue in London’s Royal Docks. They will then have half an hour on the catwalk later in the day to show them off.

Mr Bassett added: “It is an excellent advert for their work and brilliant for the students to be able to put something like this on their CVs.”

The themes the hairdressers have chosen come from the Welsh Assembly’s Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship programme which encourages students to think about links between society, economy and the environment and between their lives and those of people throughout the world.

One of the young hairdressers taking part is 18-year-old Emma Hardcastle, from Blackwood. 

Emma, a former Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School pupil who is now in her third year at the college, has only had three weeks to prepare for the show.

“I was a model at the show we did in April but when someone dropped out of the London show three weeks ago, I was asked to do the actual styling,” said full-time student Emma, who will be using Sabrina Dimampro to model her striking hairstyle.

Emma’s style is called “tornado” and is based on the theme of climate change.  It involves pinning a wig around a polystyrene cone which is then attached to Sabrina’s head to form the body of the “tornado.”

A wispy cloud will be placed on top of the tornado to create a show-stopping visual effect at the event, which has been created from real hair Emma and her fellow students collected after a practical session in the college salon.

Emma, who hopes to go into hairdressing full time when she completes college, said: “I am really excited about taking part in the event as it’s going to be such a great experience for me and I’ll be able to learn a lot from the other hairdressers and their work.”

The WorldSkills event is held in different countries every other year and around 150,000 visitors are expected to visit the London showcase where 1,000 competitors from more than 50 countries will be demonstrating 46 different skills from hairdressing to bricklaying over four days from October 5 to 8.

The College Ystrad Mynach has centres in Ystrad Mynach, Rhymney, Bargoed, Blackwood, Aber Valley, Caerphilly and Tredomen.

Posted by Marketing at 10:31