Hair and Beauty School Impresses Industry Expert

The School of Hair and Beauty Therapy Industries were delighted to welcome and learn from industry expert Gill Morris, a founding and current director of Habia, the standard setting body for the hair, beauty, nails and spa industries.

On her recent visit to City College Norwich, Gill Morris gave both students and staff the benefit of her experience and insights into how to engage effectively with employers.  Hair and Beauty students were given an invaluable session focussing on interview techniques and how to sell themselves to prospective employers in order to get the job they want in the hair and beauty therapy industries.  

The School of Hair and Beauty Therapy Industries prides itself on its extensive links with local salons, providing apprenticeship training to many trainee hairdressers and beauticians each year as well as organising work placement opportunities for students.  The visit of Gill Morris gave the School’s staff the opportunity to gain some advanced training on working in partnership with employers to help ensure the School remains fully up to date with industry developments and continues to provide the skills that employers really want.

Gill Morris, Director, GMT TEC, said: “It was a pleasure to be with Jo Hobbs, her team and students at City College Norwich.  The lecturers were really motivated to further develop their already excellent industry links during my workshop on employer engagement which made for a very lively, interesting and fun morning. The two groups of students in the afternoon were some of the most respectful and interested that I have met, demonstrating interest and asking intelligent questions so much so that we overran! A great day at a great college, thank you for inviting me.”

Joanne Hobbs, Head of the School of Hair and Beauty Therapy Industries, said: “It is vital that we as a college continue to build and maintain effective partnerships with employers.  Gill Morris has an in-depth understanding of the skills requirements of the sector from the perspectives of both employers and training providers, and has given our students some great pointers for their future careers.  Gill’s input has also provided our staff with some extremely useful advice for further strengthening our engagement with employers.”