Edinburgh College beauty students will now be practising their skills on specially designed lifelike model training aids for the beauty industry, thanks to a gift from the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT).
The college received the hi-tech Tilly Heads as a gift for its longstanding relationship with VTCT and its continued work supplying good employees to the hair and beauty therapy sector.
Tilly Heads are model heads and body parts designed to enhance professional training in all beauty therapy, theatrical, photographic and media make-up subjects. They are realistic products that enable students to perfect skills, build confidence and bridge the gap between theory and practical application without the need for a real person. The students will now have the option to use the products where they previously practiced their skills on each other.
The college received a selection of packs containing heads for practicing facials (with attachable face masks in varying skin tones for makeup) and torsos for practising massages; electrolysis probing masks; hands/arms and legs/feet for nails and massages.
Frances Bain, curriculum manager for Hairdressing, Beauty and Complementary Therapy at Edinburgh College, said: “We are delighted with our partnership with VTCT and very grateful for the gift of Tilly products. These are an amazing and versatile resource for the tutors in helping our students build confidence and perfect their skills in preparation for their practical assessments on clients and we look forward to using them.”
Runa McNamara, national and international business development manager for VTCT said: “VTCT is proud to work in partnership with Edinburgh College – our flagship college and the first regional college in Scotland to fully embrace VTCT qualifications. I am therefore delighted to present the Tilly Range of products to Frances and her team. I hope the team will find these resources valuable in providing learners with an ongoing opportunity to remain actively engaged.”