The course is expected to take a little over a year, and students will complete the City and Guilds of London Institute, level two diploma in woman’s and men’s hairdressing.
CITTI director Caroline Medway-Smith said professional hairdresser Paloa Rowe had returned home to the Cook Islands and will be the main tutor on the course.
Rowe taught in New Zealand at Wellington Institute of Technology and is fully qualified.
“We will get guest tutors in to teach specialised aspects of hairdressing,” Medway-Smith said.
Hairdressing wasn’t a new course for CITTI, she added.
“It used to be a fulltime programme, but it just wasn’t sustainable, so we are going to offer it in the evenings. That will open it up to a much wider range of the community.”
The course will teach safety and will include structured guidelines for the students to complete the programme with quality qualifications.
Medway-Smith said they planned to offer the programme in blocks to meet clients’ needs.
“If we have people that want to do it at night, we will accommodate that and do it at night, but if we have people that would prefer to do it in the day, we can do that.
“So whatever the needs of the students are, we will cater to that.”
The first part of the course will take 20 weeks and Medway-Smith said students can either finish then, or carry on and complete the full level two diploma.
Students who complete the diploma course have opportunities to enter not just hairdressing, but related fields including hospitality operations manager, hairdresser, salon manager, hair stylist beauty therapist and colourist.
The course is scheduled to begin on February 12 and those interested, should contact CITTI on 22628