Solihull College & University Centre has been awarded a College of Excellence by the UK’s leading spa, Ragdale Hall, in recognition of outstanding practice and standards in beauty training.
The College of Excellence award confirms that the college has high standards of training, a good or outstanding Ofsted report and consistently collaborates with Ragdale Hall Spa to offer students work experience and enhance employment opportunities.
Joy Pickett, Hair, Beauty and Make up Coordinator for Solihull College said: “Working alongside Ragdale Hall ensures our learners are given the best opportunities for future employment. They also have the opportunity for meaningful residential work placement and employer engagement. Students come back from their work placement with additional knowledge and enthusiasm for the industry.”
Based in Leicestershire, Ragdale Hall is an award-winning privately-owned destination spa, renowned for its outstanding facilities – including newly opened Rooftop Infinity Pool – and exceptional customer service. It has one of the most comprehensive selections of spa treatments available anywhere in the UK and employs around 140 Beauty Therapists. It was awarded ‘UK’s Best Destination Spa’ at the Good Spa Guide Awards 2017.
Ragdale Hall Spa works with a number of colleges to inspire students to excel in careers within the beauty industry. Colleges benefit from a career presentation, work experience and work placements for students, open evenings and treatment demonstrations at Ragdale Hall.
Gemma Jackson, Ragdale Hall Recruitment Supervisor, said: “We have a well-established relationship with Solihull College & University Centre’s beauty department, and some of the college’s beauty students will go on to work with us after they have qualified as Beauty Therapists.
“Each year we visit the students to carry out a career presentation and evaluate the skills of those who are interested in a week-long work placement with us – a valuable opportunity to experience one of the UK’s busiest and most highly regarded spa beauty environments.”
Importantly, only an approved College of Excellence can enter their carefully chosen students into the annual Ragdale Hall Student of Excellence competition, which offers an unprecedented package of employment and training with Ragdale Hall, plus other benefits, to the winner and selected runners up.
Colleges are reviewed annually and must continue to meet Ragdale Hall’s standards in order to maintain their College of Excellence status.
Find out more about Solihull College & University Centre’s Beauty Therapy courses .