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Conference Paper Outline for Studies in Teaching a Specialist Subject, DID7230 Cert Ed Word Count 2116 Lesley Ibbotson University Centre Barnsley Is the Beauty Therapy Qualification Meeting the needs of the Industry? Introduction Many students who are undertaking, or have completed a Beauty Therapy qualification, do so on the assumption that the skills and qualifications they gain will be enough to secure them a job in the industry. The Babtac website states that only 60% of graduates find employment within the first 6 months of completing their training and only 45% are still in employed in the industry after two years. The low percentages could be influenced by several factors including the current economic backdrop, over…show more content…
The History of Training As stated earlier in the paper the course content has undergone several changes over the past 10 years. The beauty industry has continued to grow nationally through the economic downturn, with an 18 percent increase in the number of salons nationwide over the past three years. “The cosmetology industry never dies down, even in a recession,” says Michelle Woodard, admissions coordinator for Douglas J Aveda Institute in Grand Rapids. “Everyone will always want to look beautiful.” At the outset of this period there was little demand for specialised treatments. Therefore, the training requirements were geared up to obtain a standard set of skills for all graduates. Over the past 3 years, as treatments become more varied, the courses have had to adapt and offer more diverse qualifications. The awarding bodies have had to be aware that during this period of transition “too many employers remain confused and bewildered by the skills infrastructure.” (BBC News 13.11.08). This is due to the qualification constantly changing and salon owners not being made aware of these changes. This has been a factor the awarding bodies have had to consider when implementing any changes. Courses used to involve the student attending college 5 days a week. This has been changed for two reasons. The colleges have looked to reduce costs whilst maintaining the same level of attendees. Also, many students could not make
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