Beauty students becoming 'work ready'

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Beauty students becoming 'work ready'

08 October 2014

Beauty Therapy students were pitted against each other, in an ‘Apprentice’ styleEmployability Day, to be the best group and win a, fictitious, job in the beauty industry.

The college focuses heavily on ensuring the students gain more than just the core qualifications. Students are taught skills that will help them to become ‘work ready’, enhancing their chances of getting and keeping a job.

Employability Days, such as this for the Beauty Therapy students, are organised by our course lecturers to challenge the students and encourage skills of teamwork, problem solving, commitment and motivation, and even numeracy, English language skills and computer literacy.

The students were put into groups and asked to mock up:

  • a business plan,
  • a mood board to show visually what their business would focus on; and
  • a covering letter explaining why they should win the job and what skills they could bring to the ‘business’.


After their preparation of mocking up a business plan, the students then had to present their proposal in a real interview environment and answer their interviewer’s probing questions.

Claire Killick, Managing Director of the Truly Scrumptious Beauty salon chain and Carly John, Owner of the Body N Soul beauty salon and training centre, were the interviewers for this task.

Claire Killick, told the students later on in a feedback session:

“Some of the answers given here in the group interviews, were better than those I’ve recently had from professionals in real interviews.”

Carly John, added:

“The students came across confidently and showed that they know how to answer questions in a way that the employer would want to hear.”

Hilary Tully, Beauty Therapy Lecturer, organised the challenging day for her students:

“At first the students were quite nervous, but as the day progressed they really embraced what we were asking them to do. They put a lot of effort into the tasks and worked well together trying to win the ‘job’.

“The day also gave the students a first-hand experience of a professional interview that is directly relevant to their possible future careers. And has given them an understanding of what it is employers are looking for in an applicant.”

Beauty Therapy student Amber Curtis, thought the day was challenging but a useful exercise:

“We learned a lot about teamwork and communicating within a team, and also what it takes to set up a business plan. I didn’t realise there was so much that had to be thought about.”

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