If you enjoy helping people look and feel their best then a career as a beauty therapist might be the career for you and a vocational course of study is an ideal entry point into a career as a beauty therapist
What does a beauty therapist do?
Beauty therapists carry out a range of face and body treatments for clients. These might include facials, makeovers, eyebrow shaping, manicures and pedicures, hair removal and tanning treatments.
A big part of the job involves customer care and customer service skills are important. In addition to carrying out treatments you would be expected to take phone calls, sort appointments for customers and greet clients on arrival. It is also important that you are able to put people at ease with a friendly and tactful approach.
Where do beauty therapists work?
There are lots of different places that you might work as a beauty therapist, for example, in a salon on the high street, in a clinic, in a spa or hotel or even on a cruise ship. You could work either as an employee or as a freelance beauty therapist.
A vocational course of study is an ideal entry point into a career as a beauty therapist and lots of colleges have specialist facilities, some including their own salons. The kind of vocational qualifications that you could choose to study are the Diploma in Beauty Therapy Services, the Diploma in Beauty Techniques, the Diploma in Hair and Beauty Services, the Certificate in Beauty Salon Reception, and the Level 4 Diploma in Management Practice and Advanced Techniques in the Hair and Beauty Sector. It is also possible to develop specialist skills such as epilation techniques, piercing and laser and light treatments by undertaking additional short courses.
Beauty therapy apprenticeships
It is possible to study for a vocational qualification full time or to gain a qualification whilst on an apprenticeship. You can search for apprenticeship vacancies on websites such as Not Going to Uni or you can look on college and training provider as well as employer websites to see what apprenticeships they offer.
An apprenticeship will take a minimum of 12 months to complete and you will be paid whilst you are an apprentice. Ordinarily you will be required to have GCSE English and maths to do an apprenticeship and if you do not have these qualifications at grade A* – C you will be asked to complete them whilst as part of your apprenticeship programme.
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