The phrase 'hands-on' has no clearer meaning than when considering the work of the Bendigo TAFE's hair and beauty students.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic impact shifting much of the Bendigo TAFE training into a virtual, digital learning environment, the show must go on for these students who are currently looking for local clients to help them perfect their skills.
The students are completing their hair, beauty and barbering courses in their temporary Louts Hair and Beauty salon facilities at the Charleston Road campus while the Bendigo City Campus is undergoing its $60 million revitalisation. They will relocate back to a new training precinct in the middle of next year.
The students offer their services at training prices, and all work is carried out under the guidance of educators in a fully functioning salon environment.
Bendigo TAFE's Executive Director of Studies Janelle Arena said community support for the training salon plays an integral role in supporting local students to become qualified hairdressers, barbers and beauty therapists.
"Our local community has, for many years now, readily supported our students as clients at Lotus Hair and Beauty Salon. This has given our students invaluable experience in interacting with real-world clients and honing their skills in providing various treatments, all under supervision from our industry-experienced educators," Ms. Arena said.
"We look forward to this support at our temporary salon at the Charleston Road Campus, which features the full range of industry-standard equipment and products within a professional salon environment."
Community support for the training salon plays an integral role in supporting local students
Funded by the Victorian Government, the Bendigo City Campus Revitalisation Project includes the introduction of two new buildings and the refurbishment of existing heritage buildings on the campus.
Construction works began in February 2020, with the project managed by Donald Cant Watts Corke, alongside Victorian architects, Architectus and Six Degrees, and appointed builder Kane Nicholson Joint Venture.
The students' Lotus Hairdressing and Barbering salon offers hair colours, cuts, foiling, chemical straightening, men's fades, beard trim and face shaves.
The Lotus Beauty salon will be providing professional pampering services to the public in waxing, brow tinting, eyelash extensions, manicures, pedicures, electrolysis, massage and facial treatments. The salon is open between 9am - 3.30pm, bookings are essential.