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Beautiful nails in Alice

By Patrick Nelson

Nail technology students Jennifer Taylor and Cheyane Pareroultja Nail technology students Jennifer Taylor and Cheyane Pareroultja

CDU’s first nail technology students in Central Australia have completed their first hands-on training block at Alice Springs campus.

Beauty technician Tamara Porter said the vocational education and training in school students had shown plenty of aptitude, enthusiasm and flare.

“We covered the basics relating to manicures and pedicures and nail art,” she said.

“They loved it and are looking forward to the next training block in June.”

Ms Porter described the nationally recognised certificate II course as the perfect introduction to personal services.

“It’s a really good course for school students to do as an introduction to beauty therapy later.”

Ms Porter said an emphasis was placed on work readiness.

“We talked about customer service, communication skills and presentation skills.”

CDU this year, for the first time, has offered nail technology as a course in the Top End and Alice Springs following an upsurge in public interest in personal services.

“This has been reflected with a number of nail bars popping up in Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs in recent years,” she said.