Trainee Beauty Therapist

Published on: 2 Jun 2017

Job Description (What the job involves)

Trainee Beauty Therapists have the added benefit of training for their desired qualification whilst getting on the job experience, meaning they are guaranteed a job after qualifying as a fully trained Beauty Therapist.

Trainee Beauty Therapists will train in all aspects of Beauty Therapy including, but not limited to, waxing, facials, massage, manicures and pedicures. 

Hours and Working Environment

The Beauty industry relies on its customers to make a profit and therefore must make sure their hours allow for maximum customer visits. Beauty Salons and Spas therefore follow retail hours and Trainee Beauty Therapists will be expected to work some weekends, holidays and shift work including evenings, depending on the salon or spa they are working in.

Salons and Spas vary in their environments, but all maintain high levels of professionalism and personal appearance. A Trainee Beauty Therapist will be a reflection of the salon and therefore it is essential for a Therapist to maintain personal hygiene and grooming.

Both salons and spas will go through periods of quiet and periods of extreme busyness. During those busy times you may feel like you are being run off your feet. It’s important in these times to still portray calm and control to your clients who have come to the salon for an hour of escape.

During the quieter periods you will be expected to keep yourself busy by cleaning your room and equipment, folding towels and generally seeing what needs to be done in the salon and getting stuck in. 

Upsides and Downsides

Upsides – Once qualified, most therapists’ find it difficult to get that first job as a Beauty Therapist as most salons and spas require at least one years’ experience when looking for a new member of staff. However, as a Trainee Beauty Therapist you gain your qualification whilst getting on the job experience and will not encounter the problem of having to find your first work placement. It also will look great on your CV.

You will be able to get a real insight into the workings of a beauty salon and be able to see if it really is the career for you.

Although the wages of a Trainee Beauty Therapist are lower, you will still have the benefit of earning money whilst you gain your qualification.

Downsides – Studying and working at the same time can be taxing, but well worth it in the end. You will split your time between college and the salon and will need to give 100% in both areas.

The salary for a Trainee will be lower than that of a qualified therapist, however it is a great place to start in your career and you will again be ahead of the game when it comes to moving up in your career. 

Entry Requirements

Essentially all you will need is a passion for the industry and a willingness to learn as you will be provided with training and qualifications during your work placement. 

Opportunities and Progression

As a Trainee Beauty Therapist you will definitely have your foot in the door when it comes to starting your Beauty career.

After gaining your qualification you will be a fully qualified Spa or Beauty Therapist and can find work in hotels, health clubs, cruise liners, airports and holiday resorts, to name but a few.

The beauty industry is forever evolving and therefore so are the opportunities available to the Beauty professional. A Beauty Therapist never has to stop learning and gaining more qualifications will open up new opportunities. You may want to eventually work toward education to share your expertise and knowledge with other potential Beauty Therapists.

You will be able to climb up the ladder toward a Managerial position or you may be interested in Field Sales or becoming a Regional Manager.

Working with Beauty Brands can also be an exciting prospect, which may lead you toward a more office based role promoting the brand and driving the company forward. 


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Potential Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for a Trainee Beauty Therapist, as stated previously, can be lower than the starting salary of a newly qualified Beauty Therapist. This will vary greatly depending on the company and the location of the role.

As a general guideline you can expect to earn….

As a newly qualified Therapist 12K – 15K

Experienced Therapist 16,5K – 20K

The most obvious benefit for the Trainee Beauty Therapist is that you will be gaining your qualification while you work.

Most companies will include your beauty therapy kit needed to get you started. Again, depending on where you are working, you may be offered other benefits such as discounts on products, discounted gym membership if you are working within a hotel or leisure centre or free staff meals.