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BIRMINGHAM METROPOLITAN COLLEGE Advertisement feature INTERESTED infinding out what it takes to become a complementary therapist? Want todiscover what's involved in creating and displaying innovative andstunning hair and beauty looks? If so, then a careers event atBirmingham Metropolitan College is the next appointment you should make.

The many career opportunities and vocational routes available in the hair, beauty and complementary therapies industry will be showcased next Tuesday, May 10, commencing T 7pm at the college's Edit_Apply salons based at the James Watt Campus, Great Barr.

Visitors can see the salons, treatment rooms and training areas where students gain their skills in reflexology, body massage, aromatherapy, hairdressing and make-up techniques, as well as discuss with lecturers the range of full and part-time, Level 1-3 courses available to study.

"If you are about to leave school, want to change career direction, or retrain for a new occupation in hairdressing, beauty or complementary therapies, then our careers event will introduce you to all aspects of the industry and answer any questions you may have about joining these professions," commented, Associate Director, Louise Lakin.

Karen King from the Association of Reflexology is one of the guest speakers attending the event who will talk about her vocation and describe how aspiring independent complementary Creative: Studying hairdressing can lead to an array of career opportunities.

therapists can register their services with relevant professionalbodies and ensure they have the appropriate insurance cover.

Level 3 Diploma and BTEC beauty therapy students will host a salon show at the careers event based on a popular alternative herbal compress treatment for deep relaxation and creating a sense of well-being.

Current students at the college will also recreate the key elements of a spectacular catwalk show they recently organised for local salon owners and their stylists. This was as part of a course module to produce a creative look consisting of hair, make-up and clothing.

"The hair and creative show was a tremendous success for everyone involved," added Louise Lakin. "It allowed students to gain first hand knowledge of the challenges involved in running a major event and making sure that their work was seen in the best possible light.

"Our students have been at the heart of many college events and initiatives, such as offering massage support to public services students completing a charity bike ride, providing the hair pp pating in a catwalk show seen by HRH The Prince of Wales and providing nail cutting services to elderly residents at day centres.

"Experiences such as these enhance their learning and strengthen their skills so that they can be successful when they venture into the world of work."

Birmingham Metropolitan College offers many popular BTEC, QCU and Diploma courses in hairdressing, beauty therapy, make-up, nail technology and salon services among others.

The beauty industry is highly competitive in the UK and hairdressers, beauty therapists and holistic therapists are at the forefront of this popular sector. Opportunities in this field are endless. You could become a stylist, make-up artist, beauty therapist, complementary therapist, salon proprietor, health spa manager, company trainer, cosmetic scientist and spa practitioner among other roles. To reserve places at the careers event telephone 0121 503 8528 or email [email protected]

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trick: A look devised by a hairdressing student and right, a model is ready for the catwalk.