Meet the latest member of the Skills Group Team, Holly Counter, who has joined our Beauty department to teach Beauty Therapy. Holly comes with a wealth of industry experience, delivering treatments to a range of clients from boutique salons through to 5* Spa environments. She started out her own journey at 18 where she completed a Beauty Therapy Qualification.
Holly always knew she wanted to work within the Beauty industry and set out to work her way up the career ladder, she gained experience through local salons and was quickly promoted to Supervisor at the Lemon Tree Beauty salon at just 20 years of age. She then progressed on to manage a team of therapists at the Ivy Beauty Rooms.
Holly’s most recent role was Head Therapist at the prestigious Bovey Castle Spa, “I felt like trying a different direction with my career as I wanted to give back by teaching others what I have learnt throughout my career within the Beauty Industry”.
“My advice to anyone wishing to get into the business would be to get practical hands-on experience, its great at Skills Group as the learners have regular clients to the city centre salon where they can practice the treatments they have learnt in their training sessions.”
You can meet Holly by enrolling on a taster session for Beauty Therapy Level 2.
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!
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!
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
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.
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!