Truefitt and Hill Technical Trainer Aras Sobooti performing a shave on Aron G Ratnam.
BOURNVILLE College is collaborating with BC Education Sdn Bhd to offer courses in hairdressing, beauty therapy and barbering for school leavers, adults, employers, industry professionals and international students.
Bournville College assistant principal (International) Anjum Cave said one of the unique features of the college was that retail facilities were also available to the general public, including Urban Elegance (hair salon), Urban Serenity (beauty salon) and Truefitt and Hill (barbering salon).
“Our higher-level students will get a real-life experience running salons that are open to the public.
“They will understand how the business is run, including customer service and ordering products. This will enable them to be employed at the end of their courses,” she said at the launch at VSQ@PJ City Centre recently.
She added that the salons would be maintained by highly skilled teaching staff and salon stylists.
Cave said they also worked with employers who needed to train their staff to improve efficiency and professional development.
She said their partners, Truefitt and Hill, was one of London’s finest and also the world’s oldest barbershop, as certified by the Guinness World Records.
“They are experiencing shortage of barbers using the original techniques and concept from London.
“They are unable to find barbers who offer both excellent customer service and a high level of barbering skills. They are usually only able to find people who offer one of these,” she said.
She added that this led to the partnership, as Truefitt and Hill also wanted to find a local workforce while expanding their salons in the country.
“This will help fill the gap in the barbering industry as well as not relying on importing those skills from abroad,” she said.
Cave continued to say that they were also offering short-term courses in beauty therapy, hairdressing, hair and beauty and barbering to give the public a taste of the courses.
“After January next year, we will be offering long-term courses that last between six and nine months,” she said.
Cave added that the qualifications offered included ITEC Beauty, SKM Beauty, SKM Hair and ITEC Hairdressing and ITEC Barbaring.
Bournville College principal and chief executive Norman M Cave said Bournville was one of the UK’s leading colleges, recognised for hairdressing and beauty therapy with more than 400 students enrolling each year.
He said they were the first choice as a training provider for employers in the hair and beauty sector, ranging from local salons and spas to larger national organisations.
“Students, each year, get opportunities for work on cruise liners and travel the world.
“Other students progress to salon management courses and become employers themselves,” he said.
For more information, call +603-7931 7390 or visit www.bcm.edu.my.