Job Description (What the job involves)
Beauty lecturers are critical to the success and future direction of the beauty industry. After all they are training the beauty therapists, beauty managers and leaders of tomorrow!
As beauty therapy lecturer you'll be responsible for a class of NVQ level 2 or 3 beauty students who need to be equipped with the necessary skills to embark on a glowing career within the beauty industry. Or you may be teaching post grad seasoned therapists on a cpd course such as reflexology or aromatherapy, necessary to boost their portfolio of beauty treatments.
Whatever the course, you'll be responsible for creating and delivering an engaging and knowledgeable training course that covers all the necessary elements they need to pass.You'll need to motivate, inspire, share your own learned beauty tips and tricks, share your life lessons, educate on how to deal with troublesome customers, cover the importance of health and safety and so the list goes on.
Everyone will expect you to be fully aware of the latest industry developments so that graduating students will be up to speed with the lastest consumer trends and products. To achieve this you'll need to attend trade shows, speak with local salon owners, read industry publications, attend training and development courses and continually carry out your own independent research.
And finally to ensure that your lovely beauty students are understanding your teachings you'll need to set course work that needs marking and assessing so you can make sure they're on track to pass with flying colours
Hours and Working Environment
Beauty lecturers work within dedicated beauty colleges or within the beauty departments of much larger colleges covering lots of different sectors. Typically working environments are good and often mimic the environments that graduating therapists will end up working in. Most colleges these days have salon set ups staffed by therapist students that offer competitely priced treatments to members of the paying public.
Work can often be secured on a part time, full time, freelance, permanent or fixed contract basis.
Upsides and Downsides
Teaching can be stressful and demanding. You'll be dealing with lots of different personality types and students of differing skill sets and be tasked with getting them all to the high standards demanded of the course you're teaching. This can be quite demanding.
Work often doesn't end at the end of the college day as there's research to do, course content to prepare and work to be marked.
However most people that go into teaching beauty therapy do so because they love the industry and get immense satisfaction out of sharing their learnt skills and passion to others and watching them launch their careers and flourish. This sense of achievement when students acheive their beauty qualifications far often outweighs any of the stresses and workload that accompany the job.
Skills and Personal Qualities
- Ability to deliver training in an engaging way so that you hold the attention of students
- Inspire and motivate others
- Excellent communication skills both written and verbal. This will be essential in explaining concepts to others
- Passion for the industry! You must have a thirst for self development and research so you can keep abreast of the latest beauty trends, products and treatment procedures so you can equip students with the latest thinking.
- Happy standing up and presenting to others
- Excellent organisational skills
- Professional appearance and ability to set good example to others
- Computer literate. Because of the presentations you'll have to deliver it will be important to have good IT skills with knowledge of presentation software such as powerpoint.
Before you even start acquiring teaching qualifications you're going to need professional qualifications in the subject you want to teach, namely beauty therapy. Aim to achieve NVQ level 3 or equivalent (i.e. BTEC, ITEC) in beauty therapy. And then add to this a further 5 years experience (post qualification) working in beauty therapy. Now you're ready to gain your ncessary teaching and assessing qualifications.
No matter how good a therapist you are or how good you are communicating to others you're going to require teaching qualifications.This area can get very confusing as the names of the awards often changes!! It used to be that teaching qualifications known as PTTLS were required. PTTLS stands for 'preparing to teach in the life long sector'. There used to be levels 3 and 4 Award in PTLLS. Now there is a 'New PTTLS' which is known as the level 3 Award in Education and Training. As a minimum you're going to need this.
Other teaching quaifications used to be levels 3 & 4 Award in CTLLS (certificate in teaching in the life long learning sector) and levels 5, 6 and 7 in DTTLS (diploma in the lifelong learning sector). These have been replaced by level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (new CTLLS) and Level 5 diploma in Education and Training (new DTLLS)
These new qualifications all relate to QCF units and are rewarded 6, 12, 36 and 120 credits respectively.
The reason you'll need both teaching and assessing qualifications is that you'll need to be able to assess students on your course. If you don't have an assessors qualification some colleges will still be happy to take you on providing you're willing to work towards having them.
The assessor and verifier awards used to be known as (D32, D33, D34, D35) and the A/V units (A1, A2, V1, V2). These have been repplaced by the TAQA Assessor and Verifier qualifications. Anyone that is involved in assessing or verifying qualifications will need these.
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