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Students snap up places in nail technology class

By Patrick Nelson

The first nail technology class starts at Palmerston campus next week The first nail technology class starts at Palmerston campus next week

A Charles Darwin University lecturer says the surge of public interest in personal services has provided the impetus for a new vocational education and training course in nail technology.

Sales and Personal Services Team Leader Linda Manning said the new course would be offered to secondary school students for the first time at Palmerston campus next week, and at Alice Springs campus next month.

“Two classes of 10 students were filled the moment we advertised the course,” Ms Manning said.

“It’s mainly girls, although one boy has been accepted into the Palmerston class.”

Ms Manning said the speed at which classes were filled came as no surprise.

“We’ve seen a number of nail bars (salons) pop up in Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs in the past three or four years, reflecting strong public demand.

“Everyone wants to look beautiful.”

Ms Manning said the School of Service Industries at Palmerston campus would offer the Certificate II in Nail Technology course to industry apprentices, alongside courses in hairdressing and beauty therapy.

“While the highly credentialed Tamara Porter will deliver the new course, I am delighted to welcome two new lecturers to our team,” she said.

“Patricia Sweeney-Fawcett has more than 18 years’ experience in highly accredited teaching establishments in Ireland and the UK.

“And Vanessa Annear brings passion for beauty therapy and a wealth of knowledge from many years as the owner/operator of a beauty salon.”

Ms Manning said the school was developing plans to offer short courses in make-up, tanning and eye lash extensions throughout the year.