In my view

Beauty and cosmetics are amongst the fastest growing industries not just nationally but globally. This UK growth is driven by the spending power of the 18-34 age group, closely followed by those aged 50+ and this market is predicted to grow by nearly 40% in the next 20 years!  The cosmetics industry is huge and contributes to circa 10% of the GDP of the UK. The industry employs over a million people and represents over £17 billion.

The celebrity endorsements and now the inclusion of beauty features in all magazines even the broad sheets, such is the power of the industry.

We now see traditional therapists specialising on one or two aspects of the typical salon offer for example; Facialists, Nail technicians, Lash and Brow technicians and Make-up artists. One of my past students is now a famous celebrity make-up artist working with Oscar winning actors and regularly features in national media as the stylist or make-up artist on a fashion shoot, not bad for a girl from Skipton! The manufacturers are clearly gearing up for the growth in the 50+ market with an increased focus on anti-aging products, advanced non- invasive skin treatments and enhancements which actually do what it says on the tin, you can see visible improvements and the manufacturer claims can be substantiated. Then we have the complementary therapy provision with treatments developed to treat the whole person. More and more working with people going through debilitating treatments to improve the quality of recuperation and restoration back to good health.

The career options are certainly wide ranging and are only limited by your own barriers.

Do you have spare time on your hands, do you want to learn new skills, are you interested in learning skills which could give you a new career? Have you thought about beauty and related therapies? This exciting fast-moving industry continues to thrive with more and more clients using the services of their local salon. Whether it is for a basic manicure or nail enhancements, skin care, therapeutic and remedial treatments for face and body, make up and make up lessons, anti-aging treatments …the list is endless. Many students are now also recognising the value of travel and the portability of their skills with such qualifications, they are ideal for opening up opportunities nationally and internationally. A number of our students also go onto the cruise ships working for Steiner. Perhaps your interest lies in Fashion and photographic make-up or make – up for TV and theatre? Complementary Therapies continues to be a popular option for those wanting to apply more traditional techniques such as aromatherapy, reflexology. Whatever your interest the White Rose group of Colleges can help. Located in beautiful, modern, well equipped centres this specialist provider can offer a course/courses flexible enough to meet your individual needs.

The centres are in Manchester, Derby, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Leeds, Sheffield , Barnsley and Doncaster, why not call one of our centres to explore your options, see Facebook or Google for details.

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