Nottinghamshire learners will have the chance to experience running their own hair and beauty salons, spa and fine dining restaurant thanks to a multi-million pound development of their college.

Learners at West Nottinghamshire College’s new £11m flagship centre will have the chance to gain industry experience and skills at the ‘Revive’ salons, nail bar and spa, and the ‘Refined’ restaurant, which seats 60, where they will work with experienced professionals to serve members of the public.

Principal Asha Khemka OBE said: “It’s vital we equip students with not only the right qualifications but also the skills and characteristics that employers are looking for.

“By providing students with the most realistic working environment possible, they are gaining the all-important industry experience needed to succeed in a competitive jobs market.”

The flagship centre, the centrepiece of a total investment of £40m, will be home to the college’s lifestyle academy and will also have facilities for health and social care and A level learners.

Mrs Khemka said: “These inspirational new facilities provide a 21st century learning experience that prepares young people for employment and higher-level study, along with opportunities to grow our apprenticeship provision.”

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