Tropical Palms and Tameside College Course is a Cut Above the Rest
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 16:43 Droylsden News Posted by Tom Greggan

A unique partnership between Droylsden’s Tropical Palms salon and Tameside College is providing a different kind of training to Tameside’s next generation of hairdressers and barbers.

Tropical Palms Education is helping to deliver qualifications in hairdressing, barbering and business provided by Tameside College through their hands-on, experience-based approach.

The hairdressing and barbering students at Tropical Palms have even taken over the salon’s Community Cutz scheme which provides free hair treatments to Tameside’s over-60s meaning the scheme is the first of its kind in the UK.

Tropical Palms Education was set up by business owner Wayne Coyle who immediately wanted to set up links with Tameside College. He said: “Due to the shop branching out and constantly expanding and growing, the next natural step for a business to grow and for us to open more businesses was to open our own training school to ensure the staff had the standards and the community feel that we’re trying to build here. We built the Training School then we started doing the community salon.

“I started approaching the bigger organisations with the quality and standards that we were already producing and asking them would they work with me to train. After a series of meetings, I met Kathy Huff; she was the Principal at Tameside College at the time. She really loved what I was going to do, totally believed in me and we set up a contract with Tameside College.”

It’s not just Wayne who’s delighted with the partnership. Jonathan Putt has been Commercial Director at Tameside College since just before Christmas but it didn’t take long for him to see the benefits of the partnership. He said: “The enhancement working at Tropical Palms is that Wayne’s a savvy businessman. He’s set his business up and diversified already. I think it started out as a tanning salon but now he’s got barbering, he’s got hairdressing, he has got a couple of tattoo artists in there.

“There’s also the training salon and the Community Cutz so he’s thinking way beyond just running barber shop. The students will benefit from seeing that enterprising business management. Plus I think the ethos there is very professionally focused on delivering the service for the clients.”

The students are reaping the rewards of the partnership, as Lauren Brooks explained. She’s working towards her Level 3 in Hairdressing. She said: “I love doing Community Cutz. It gives you experience with the public.

“When you’re in college, you bring in people that you know but with Community Cutz, it’s people in the area you’d never know unless you did something like this. I think it’s great and I think it helps them as well.”

Her colleague Jamie Smith echoed those thoughts. She said: “We’ve tried to get people to join the course because we say, training here is absolutely amazing. It’s so different. We did college for a bit and it’s totally different.

“I’ve absolutely loved training here since September. The staff are brilliant, Wayne’s brilliant with us all. We’re always doing something. We have a laugh in everything we do and if we ever need help, he’s always there for us.”

Tameside College is currently welcoming applications for their hairdressing and barbering course. For more information, visit http://www.tameside.ac.uk/.