Beautiful careers start in Peel

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

15 students from Challenger TAFE’s Peel Campus are all set to make beautiful careers after completing Certificates IV and Diplomas of Beauty Therapy. The group is the first to graduate from the Campus and range in age from 16 to 43, with Certificate IV student, Aliesha Arbuthnot one of the youngest.

“It’s a great course, you basically have fun while you’re learning,“ the Baldivis resident explained.

“And the small class size has made it easy to learn heaps.”

Aliesha particularly enjoyed learning about tinting and waxing, but found the theory component of the course just as interesting.

“Learning how the human body works has been amazing”, she continued.

Tracee Walbran from Secret Harbour, who is a mother with a busy schedule, saved herself a considerable amount of time by studying for the Certificate IV and Diploma courses concurrently, and was very impressed with the hands-on experience the course provided using a range of treatments and equipment.

“I have to say I like all the therapies we learned, not one in particular,” she said smiling.

“But the best part was that you get to try it all yourself too. We’ve basically had a year of pampering!”

Tracee, who until last year worked in administration and management in her native New Zealand, is delighted with her career change.

“I hadn’t been in a classroom for a long time, so I was a bit scared I wouldn’t be able to take it all in,” she explained.

“But the lecturer, Sharon Campbell, was great! The way she explained everything made it easy to retain the knowledge.”

Sharon explained that an important part of the beauty courses involves the students working in the Campus’s simulated salon, the Visage Health and Beauty Clinic.

“This is where the students get a chance to practice what they’ve learned by giving treatments to members of the public”, she said.

“We also give students a genuine taste of the beauty industry through work placements and hands-on workshops we arrange with suppliers such as Napoleon Perdis and Aviva Labs Spray Tan.”

The students can’t wait to start their beauty therapy careers in the Peel region. In fact, 11 of them already have job offers in the salons where they did their work placements.

“I feel the course has definitely prepared me for the workforce. We’ve learned so much in the classroom. And the Clinic has given me the confidence I needed to start my new career,” Tracee said.

Tracee’s long-term goal is to start her own day spa with her sister Vicki, who is also a student in this group, and Aliesha is set to start working more hours at the salon where she did her work placement.

The students officially graduated on 18 November, with a special congratulations going to Student of the Year, Jordan Polanda, and Most Improved Student, Tamah Linturn.

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