Salon work experience helps launch Beauty therapist career for learner

Sophisticated Beauty, a beauty salon based in Huntingdon town centre, has provided a stepping stone for two learners at Huntingdonshire Regional College to enter the industry.

Grace Walsh, who achieved Beauty and Reflexology qualifications with the College, recently secured a full-time beauty therapist role at the salon following a period of work experience that began in November 2013.

Salon owner, Sophie Lemmon, has since taken on Saffron Bates, a current HRC Beauty learner, who took up a work experience placement in August 2015.

The success of Sophisticated Beauty, since the salon opened two-and-a-half years ago, has meant that additional therapists were needed to meet customer demand.

Sophie Lemmon, said: “For Sophisticated Beauty, taking on students from HRC has worked well. I was once in the same situation and it feels good to train and give new therapists an opportunity that could potentially lead to a permanent position in the salon.”

“Both Grace and Saffron are keen to learn and they have a professional approach. They help to provide a welcoming and relaxing environment for Sophisticated Beauty clients.”

Grace specialises in holistic treatments such as reflexology and Indian head massage.

She is expecting to achieve Dermalogica Expert status soon and her client base has grown during her time at Sophisticated Beauty.

She said: “I love working here. Sophie is a great employer and has given me the opportunity to express what a good therapist I can become by sending me on additional training courses covering Dermalogica, HiBrow Definition Brows and NuBar Nails.”

“I have learned new techniques and work experience was a great way to put the theory I learned at College into practice.”

Saffron’s placement at Sophisticated Beauty is for two days a week and she hopes to undertake an Apprenticeship at the salon from September 2016.

She said: “Work experience has helped to develop my confidence and there is a nice balance between the placement and time at College.

“It’s a really rewarding role. Giving clients that feel-good factor is the best part of the job.”


Pictured: Sophisticated Beauty salon owner Sophie Lemmon (centre) with Grace Walsh (left) and Saffron Bates (right).

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