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24 January 2024

Capital College and Wella celebrate first anniversary of enhanced training partnership


Edinburgh College and Wella have celebrated one year since the College became the hairdressing industry leader’s main training base for stylists across Scotland and Northern England.

An interactive event took place to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the new Wella Training Studio at the College’s Granton Campus – continuing a partnership which has existed for around 40 years.

During the event, visitors including Schools College Partnership (SCP), full-time students and guests from industry took in demonstrations from Wella guest artists. Each artist told their inspirational career stories so far and offered advice to the next generation of stylists.

In addition, level 2 and 3 students showcased their skills by a creating commercial and colour style on mannequins which were judged by guests in a round of Wella Xposure heats. Xposure is a nationwide competition which sees budding stylists showcase their chosen look in a bid to progress to the next stage of the competition which takes place in London.

The winners of the Edinburgh College heat also won vouchers towards Wella Education training at the Granton Campus studio or in Wella’s Manchester studio.

The results of the Edinburgh College heats were:

  1. Sharon Robertson      Level 3 Hairdressing
  2. Morgan Hewitt          Level 2 Hairdressing
  3. Ashleigh Thomson     Level 3 Hairdressing

Edinburgh College and Wella

The College has been long-term Wella Centre of Excellence which signifies the highest standards of training is being delivered to students and enhances links between industry and education.

The Granton Campus Wella Studio hosts retraining and upskilling courses throughout the year for those working in industry. The salon features state-of-art, advanced furniture and equipment as well as a demonstration space and product repository. In addition, a meeting space has been developed to allow visiting professionals to complete theory elements of their courses.

College staff also have access to up-to-date training, ensuring that students are receiving the best education possible throughout their course. There is also the potential for placement, apprenticeship and employment opportunities for College students.

It has been fantastic to celebrate one year since our state-of-the-art Wella Studio opened. Throughout the year we have seen lots of industry professionals come through the doors for training which has been an inspiration for our students. This partnership is so valuable to us as it helps to keep our students and staff at the cutting edge of our industry in terms of training, trends and products. Huge thanks to Ashley and the team who continue to make working alongside Wella a pleasure and a privilege. Congratulations to our star students who placed in the Xposure heats which took place during the event. They are showing such potential at this point in their journey, as are all of our students, and we can’t wait to see how they do in the competition.
Frances Bain, Head of School for Hairdressing, Barbering, Beauty and Complementary Therapies