Beauty Therapy College of Australia opens Newcastle campus

NEW SKILLS: Lash extension training underway at the Beauty Therapy College of Australia. Picture: SUPPLIED.

NEW SKILLS: Lash extension training underway at the Beauty Therapy College of Australia. Picture: SUPPLIED.

High quality beauty training is now at your fingertips.

The Beauty Therapy College of Australia, which has been providing beauty industry training for 30 years in Maitland, has now opened a Newcastle campus.

"This is a great opportunity for us to bring high quality training to Newcastle and meet the increasing demand in this industry," owner Kylee Hughes said.

"Many salons have experienced difficulty in attracting and retaining highly skilled and qualified staff."

The Newcastle campus is located opposite Newcastle University at 480 Hunter Street in a new building which is fully equipped for beauty training theory and practical training. It also has kitchen facilities and lift access.

The Beauty Therapy College of Australia offers the opportunity to begin at any time, with a short or introductory course, and then progress to a Diploma.

Current therapists can upskill with courses in henna brows, brow laminating, waxing, tinting, gel and acrylic nails.

Beauty therapy provides a career pathway in an industry that can offer flexible working hours and opportunities for specialisation.

After completing a qualification many therapists go on to specialise in makeup, nail technology, laser and skin therapies.

The industry is also constantly changing, with the introduction of new technologies and equipment, including those used for facial peels, laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation and cosmetic tattooing. This results in a need for constant training for new and practicing therapists.

IN DEMAND: Get the skills you need for the beauty industry. Picture: SUPPLIED.

IN DEMAND: Get the skills you need for the beauty industry. Picture: SUPPLIED.

It has recently been predicted by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and the Australian Government's Job Outlook that beauty therapy jobs will have very strong future growth.

Beauty salons were very quick to recover following COVID-19 closures in 2020 and growth is predicted across all occupations in the hairdressing and beauty services industry to 2024, with the largest growth projected for beauty therapists, with a rise of around 20 per cent by 2024.

Funding is available for eligible applicants under the NSW Government's Smart and Skilled program, which can significantly reduce the cost of a course to students.

All students receive an individual quote to determine the amount of subsidy available. In some cases, training may be free.

Classes commence on March 1 for the Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

This qualification, which is an industry expectation, includes the basics of beauty therapy as well as specialist facials, spa treatments, stone therapy massage and aromatherapy.

Students can leave the course with a Certificate III in Beauty Services or Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy. This offers a great opportunity for school-leavers or those who would prefer to leave school to undertake training in an area of interest.

There is support available for those with learning difficulties and training is open to any age group.

A 120 hour work placement is part of the Diploma program, which gives participants a great opportunity to experience working in a salon and a chance to gain ongoing paid work. Ninety per cent of Diploma students gain employment at the end of their training.

Whether you are looking for an opportunity to upgrade your skills, or enter a new industry, the Beauty Therapy College of Australia is well positioned to cater for your needs. The new site will be open from 10.30 to 12.30pm on Saturday, February 20, to see for yourself.

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