UK Spa Association
Academy of Hair & Beauty Studies
Weavers’ House Spa Director Alexandra Hurt has been supporting West Suffolk College throughout the last 7 years. Working closely with the college has fused an important relationship between the Spa and the education of future spa therapists within West Suffolk.
The Academy of Beauty at West Suffolk College houses an impressive selection of courses for anyone kickstarting their career in hairdressing, beauty therapy, nail technology, makeup artistry or barbering. Choose from a range of full time diplomas, part time courses and apprenticeships for learning whilst earning a wage on the job.
In November 2023 West Suffolk College hosted a ‘Concept Hair Road show, along with a showcase of talent from Beauty, Nail and Make Up Students. This event allowed the students to upgrade their hairdressing skills, and their beauty students to demonstrate their therapeutic talent. The Academy of Beauty has recently heavily invested in the renovation of the 2 key beauty salons at the college. Providing a tranquil, contemporary and modern concept to mirror the ambience of a spa. Two large beauty classrooms/salons have had a new interior to reflect a professional, current and fluid learning environment that would be the envy of many training establishments nationwide.
West Suffolk College never stands still. Offering a quality education affiliated with ‘world skills’, this college is truly a feather in the East Anglian cap. Spa Director of Weavers’ House Spa- Alexandra Hurt was invited to officiate the opening of the new beauty rooms due to her ongoing support and endorsement of the beauty therapy courses offered by the academy. Alexandra has fostered a close working relationship with the college, supporting local education to amplify learning ‘spa industry standards’ within a learning environment. Attending every term or more frequently, Weavers’ House Spa Director is hands on in sharing spa knowledge with the therapists of tomorrow.
Alexandra shares, “I truly believe by igniting the passion and enthusiasm for the spa industry, we can help and support people throughout their life in improving overall mental and physical well-being. The Spa industry offers trade based career opportunity worldwide in some sublime locations. “
Alexandra and senior therapists within the Weavers’ House Spa team work with the student directly upskilling consultation, sales, contraindication training, along with skills labs in facials, holistic head massage and body massage. This consistent local support only strengthens the bond between education and industry to provide an ‘authentic’ experience and prepare therapy students for what is expected of them on completion of their qualification.
“In the current spa recruitment climate, spas should be encouraged to work with local collages to help shape and grow talent from grass roots” Alexandra continues… “By heavily investing your time with educational centres it provides an opportunity to shape better quality therapists, with realistic expectations. Our endorsement programme provides the continuity for therapists to have a relationship with the spa through visits to the college and to the spa itself. This then cultivates passion within students to work in the spa and wellness industry for the greater good”.
Weavers’ House Spa is nestled into the historic woollen town of Lavenham in Suffolk. Opening in 2015 Weavers’ won ‘Best Spa for Serenity’ from the Good Spa Guide, and continues to hold it’s 5 bubble rating since opening. This bijou boutique spa has a selection of wellness based hands on treatments from Temple Spa, Tribe517, along with signature house treatments. Weavers’ prides itself on being your home from home, comforting and welcoming members, guests and visitors this 6-treatment room luxury spa focuses heavily on ‘the details’ from it’s welcome to it’s farewell. Every step of the way the smallest details make the biggest impression and keep this one of Suffolk’s best kept secrets. Complete with a outdoor vitality pool, steam, sauna and 2 relaxation lounges this contemporary spa is the benchmark for beauty students to aspire to.
Alexandra has been passionate about the spa industry for 24 years. After qualifying as a hairdresser and beauty therapist, Alexandra then spent 4 years working & managing luxury spas on cruise ships. From the age of 19 working long hours, with high standards and some impressive competition, working on cruise ships shaped Alexandra’s mindset and sealed her trajectory for a successful career in spa. Later moving on to Dubai to manage luxury and award-winning spas, Alexandra spent 13 years within the region managing multiple site spas with a diverse experience and cultures. Alexandra now directs Weavers’ House Spa at The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa and freelances as a blogger for spa, aesthetics, mental health and wellbeing.
The Academy of Hair & Beauty Studies at West Suffolk College are delighted to have the continued support from one of the region’s top Spa’s. Alexandra has been an invaluable mentor for our Beauty Therapy students over the years. This has enabled them to have first-hand feedback on their performance from an employer’s viewpoint, building the people skills, soft skills that business’ are so keen to find in newly qualified beauty therapists. We look forward to continuing our great relationship with Weavers House Spa into the future creating many new opportunities for our students along the way. Thank you so much Alex!
The Academy of Hair & Beauty Studies
West Suffolk College