Employers add ‘extra factor’

Employers add ‘extra factor’

BEAUTY and business courses at Kirklees College will have even more to offer students this September, thanks to partnerships with award-winning local businesses.

Health and beauty spas Eastthorpe Hall in Mirfield and the Potting Shed in Batley Carr will be delivering beauty classes and offering gifted students the chance to win a place on their elite programme.

While communications experts Talk Direct – an O2 franchise – are re-vamping business at the Dewsbury Centre, offering work experience across all areas of their company.

In beauty – which will be delivered at both Dewsbury and Huddersfield centres – students will be given the opportunity to visit the spas to get an idea of the key skills and attributes required of staff in the two very different environments.

Students on NVQ Level 2 Beauty and above will get the chance to enrol on the Excellence programme and chosen ‘elite’ students will attend bespoke master classes at Eastthorpe Hall, as well as shadowing and placement opportunities at both spas, which could possibly lead to employment.

Stephanie Barraclough, owner and partner at Eastthorpe Hall, said: “We are really excited about working with Kirklees College and allowing students to extend and develop their skills by sharing the expertise we have within our fantastic facilities.”

In business, which will be delivered at Dewsbury Centre, students will be tasked to solve problems that occur within real companies and will take part in a final project, judged by Talk Direct.

There is the potential for students to earn further work experience or even employment with the firm.

Managing director and founder of Talk Direct, Zak Patel, who is from Dewsbury himself, said: “We already have a great relationship with Kirklees College and I thought this would be a great way to give something back to my town.

“It shows that businesses can help young people to learn as sharing time and expertise can be extremely valuable. Even if only one student does well out of it I think it is worth doing.”

Zak said he also hoped to inspire students to start up their own businesses by following in his footsteps.

Nikki Davis, head of business at Kirklees College, added: “This is a really exciting new opportunity for students to gain real business experience, learning from the very best in mobile technology and sales.”

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