Hair and beauty academy opens its doors in Cwmbran


On Monday (03/02/2020), Torfaen Council welcomed the launch of Mac-Ed Training Academy, an accredited academy based next to Torfaen Training in Springvale, Cwmbran.

The business is jointly owned by directors Emma Macmillan from Cwmbran and Alison Edwards from Newport. Both ladies have vast experience teaching hairdressing and beauty therapy within the FE sector, combined with having previously owned successful salons within the hair and beauty industry.

The academy will deliver VRQ and NVQ qualifications which specialise in hair, beauty, barbering and nail technology, in partnership with VTCT, a worldwide recognised awarding body.

In addition, it will offer shorter bespoke courses in dermaplaning, lash lift and tanning along with hair courses that include vintage hair styles, specialist colouring techniques, hair removal and barbering courses.

All courses are open to both existing stylists and therapists, as well as individuals who have a passion to work within the hair and beauty industry.

Torfaen Training, Communities for Work and Torfaen Economy and Enterprise have all worked with Mac-Ed Training, providing a range of professional business set up support, advice and funding to assist in securing and adapting the premises.

Capital funding and business insurance protection will aid in the development of the enterprise and ongoing support will be provided to encourage its sustainability.

The new business venture will also be collaborating with Torfaen Adult Community Learning to offer free short courses in Plaiting and Skin Care techniques.

Emma said, ‘We are both professional teachers and have loads of experience but we want to be able to open our doors and our training to everyone. This is why we chose to offer fun courses alongside our professional qualifications. Being able to teach people from high end professionals to starters into hair and beauty, for use in the salon or at home is a dream’.

Alison said, ‘The support we have received from Torfaen Council has been incredible and has made the process of our business path a more enjoyable experience. We look forward to working alongside them in supporting people to gain skills ready for them to seek employment in the wonderful industry’.

Executive Member for Economy, Skills & Regeneration, Cllr Richard Clark said, 'This new venture has demonstrated the excellent partnership working that takes place right across the Council to establish such businesses. 

I would like to wish Alison and Emma all the best for the future as I’m confident this business will go from strength to strength'.

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Posted on: Friday 7th February 2020