Students sparkle on work placement at Debenhams

Bradford College students on work placement at Debenhams, Broadway

Students from Bradford College added some sparkle to their CVs by completing work placements with high street giant Debenhams.

The hair and beauty students gained hands-on experience in the retail industry by working with international brands in the department store in The Broadway shopping centre in Bradford.

The students spent a week working in the store with a view to exploring their career options and enhancing their employability skills. They staffed makeup counters and also offered treatments including nail painting and hair styling at a VIP customer event in the run-up to Christmas. 

Ghazale Zae, a Level 2 Beauty student, said: “I loved the experience and learned so much.

“I worked on the MAC and Estee Lauder counters, helping customers with makeup choices.

“I learned a lot about customer service and the retail industry and it has boosted my confidence about going into the workplace.”

Hair student Megan Sutcliffe said: “During the VIP event I styled customers’ hair and thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with the customers and it confirmed to me that I have chosen the right career.”


Anne Barker, Placement Consultant at Bradford College, said: “We are very grateful to Debenhams Bradford for providing our students with such a wonderful opportunity.

“At Bradford College we recognise that employers want more than just a qualification on a piece of paper. They want experienced, skilled and driven individuals, and work placements are a key part in helping our students reach their full potential and leave us ready for further studies or employment.”

Local businesses interested in getting involved with taking on placement students are urged to contact Bradford College Work Placement team on 01274 438943 or [email protected]