The new hair and beauty academy at University College Dublin offers courses for stylists at all career stages
Neale Richmond, the minister of state at the department of enterprise, trade and employment, was on hand to herald the opening of Blow Academy, a new hair and beauty academy at University College Dublin.
Blow Academy is headed up by Noelle McCarthy, the founder of Blow Salons in Dublin. Having enjoyed decades in the hairdressing industry, she is keen to cultivate the next generation of hair and beauty professionals across Ireland through Blow Academy.
Doors are now officially open for students, with full and part-time courses available. The curriculum will focus on “redefining hairstyling and beauty education by combining skills, creativity, hands-on experience, and commercial insight”.
A full-time diploma in hairdressing will take one year to complete and will include hands-on training with industry leaders. Part-time and short courses include precision cutting, colouring, and blow-drying skills. There will also be places for students who have secured a training support grant from their employment services office. Courses cater for stylists at all levels including beginners, home stylists “and experienced professionals, wishing to upskill”.
Those wanting to apply should be made aware that student numbers are limited, as the focus at Blow Academy is on tailoring training to individual students, personal mentoring, hands-on learning and practical work experience in a salon environment to “foster real-world skills in hair and beauty”.
“We have created a nurturing environment and a committed team, who are passionate about sharing their expertise,” said Noelle McCarthy. “Blow Academy will help meet a shortage of talent in our sector. This is a fulfilling industry that offers tremendous career potential and embraces inclusion, positivity, and diversity.”
Minister Richmond added: “Like so many sectors, the hair and beauty industry is experiencing a talent shortage, and academies like this are a great way to remind students that there are plenty of opportunities for training and employment in the industry.”
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