Catching Up With Our Beauty Learners

It’s been 6 months since we launched our brand new, Level 2 Beauty Therapy course, so we thought we’d catch up with our learners to see how they’re doing…

On arrival, the learners were engrossed in their massage training, headed up by Beauty Programme Manager, Lindsay Williams. After the training was complete, the learners started practising, I got the opportunity to talk to the girls about the programme, their experience and their long term career goals.

It was clear they were enjoying having the freedom to learn what they are really interested in and being in an environment that is so different from school. Each of the girls appreciate being treated like adults, learning about the world of work and having to be professional, responsible and punctual.

Delivering skills and techniques on paying customers brought new challenges for the girls – it was nerve racking but they soon started getting a real buzz from happy clients!

Lindsay said “Learning about customer service and making clients feel comfortable and relaxed is as important as performing the treatment correctly. The girls understand this; it is giving them valuable experience of what would be expected of them in their future careers.”

It is great to hear that the girls are enjoying their newly found sense of responsibly and thriving in the environment. They love working in the new therapy room, having a clean, calm space with new equipment provides them with the opportunity to visualise themselves in a real working environment.
When discussing future careers with the girls, most have aspirations of working in a spa or beauty salon, and many are dreaming of one day opening their own businesses.

Lindsay said, “I have been teaching Beauty Therapy for eighteen years now and I love it! It is amazing to see so many young people develop into professional Beauty Therapists, and go on to get exciting jobs within the industry. There are so many personal skills that can be developed whilst training in beauty and it is great to see the learners’ confidence and interactions with clients improve. It makes me very happy to see learners develop that passion for the industry just like I have.”

It is great to hear that the girls are so positive about their training and the skills they are gaining. We wish them every success and will continue to follow them throughout the rest of their course.

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School