Students Support Musical Show

7 days ago

The Waipawa Musical and Dramatic Society’s Phantom of the Opera production was an opportunity for EIT students to showcase their newly-acquired hair styling and make-up skills. 

Six young women studying EIT’s Certificate in Foundation Skills – Styling at the Central Hawke’s Bay Regional Learning Centre in Waipukurau assisted with hair and make-up for cast members performing in the recently staged show.

“This opportunity gave the students the confidence to explore the experience behind the scenes of a theatre show in their local community,” says centre manager Sandra Fleming.

The 17-week foundation study programme, which will be offered on the EIT Hawke’s Bay campus next semester and potentially in Waipukurau again next year, provides entry-level practical skills in beauty therapy, hairdressing, personal styling and fitness.    

“Most in our latest cohort intend to progress to programmes offered on the main Hawke’s Bay campus,” Sandra says.  “As part of the foundation-level learning, they travelled to Taradale once a fortnight to study styling, so they became familiar with what is offered there.”

The “staircasing” students will learn about skin care and make-up, beauty therapy, hairdressing and health and well-being. 

Having also learnt about DIY beauty, hair products and preparation for an interview, the regional learning centre cohort celebrated with a black and gold-themed luncheon, inviting family and friends to join them.

“Studying at our centre has given them the confidence they needed to pursue further tertiary study,” says Sandra.