College salon helps ex-students show employers they are serious

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College salon helps ex-students show employers they are serious

05 August 2015

Charlotte Wyatt Harmony Plus

Harmony Plus Hair Salon, a professional graduate salon opened by the college in September last year to help ex-Hairdressing students gain real work experience, has proven its worth with a number of its volunteers leaving for positions in local salons.

The salon’s manager, Tracey Martin, said of Harmony Plus:

“The idea came from several ex-students who needed a space where they could continue perfecting their skills while they looked for permanent work or started their own businesses.

“The styling is done by students who have completed their Level 3 Hairdressing qualification; who’ve come back - volunteering their time - so they can gain more experience, improve their technique and generally keep their hand in.”

Charlotte Wyatt, 20, from Winkfield, is one such ex-student who successfully got a new job at a hair salon after volunteering at the college’s professional salon.

Charlotte graduated from the college’s Level 3 Hairdressing course in June 2014 and returned to volunteer part-time in the Harmony Plus salon when finding a hairdressing position became difficult:

“Volunteering in the salon helped me to prove to potential employers my seriousness in becoming a hairdresser. I gained more confidence through volunteering at the salon and now find it a lot easier to chat to clients while cutting their hair. It gave me real experience in a working salon and the confidence to apply for jobs.

“Since volunteering at Harmony Plus I’ve managed to get a job as a Junior Stylist at Hair Tech in Windsor where I’ve been working part-time for 5 months. Harmony Plus has definitely helped me and I would advise the current students to consider it too when they finish their courses.”

Tracey Martin, added:

“The Harmony Plus salon gives our ex-students the opportunity to practise and hone their skills in hairdressing so they aren’t lost whilst they are looking for a more permanent position.”

To find out more about our Hairdressing courses visit, call 01344 868600 or email To book an appointment at our Harmony Plus Hair Salon you can call 01344 766699 or email 

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