Work Experience for Beauty Therapy Students
A work experience placement is a great place to make valuable contacts with people in the industry, learn new skills and put your knowledge into practice. On behalf of beauty uniforms and beauty supplies specialist Simon Jersey, Amy Rutter spoke to Liz Snook, Therapist Manager at The Treatment Rooms in Brighton about why work experience placements are so vital.
- How long does a typical placement last for and what is a student likely to do during their time with you?
This will depend; some placements may only be for a week, and the student may only be doing it as part of their course. Some people may want to gain more experience and perhaps do one day or evening a week for a longer period.
They would get an overview of all areas of the salon including an insight into the client experience within the salon or spa as well as our procedure in how we greet and show clients to our spa area. They’d also take part in the daily duties that we face to keep a smooth running salon.
If placements have NVQ level 2 we could also get them practising some of the treatments they have been trained to do on staff (if available) or complimentary treatments on existing regular clients that know they are training and are happy to receive treatment from them
- What qualities or skills would you look for in someone during their placement with you?
I’d look for good interactive skills with a client and employees. They must have manners, be polite and friendly and willing to take the initiative. Their standards must be high especially with hygiene and cleanliness.
- When hiring, how important is it that an applicant has hands-on experience such as that they’d get during a work experience placement?
The more experience in a salon the students get, the better. It builds confidence in them as a therapist to interact with clients and confidence in working within a team and with our employees.
- What qualifications would you look for before offering someone a job?
They would need to have NVQ Level 2 or equivalent for a manicurist role, and an NVQ Level 3 or equivalent for facials and massages. We would always do a trades test before offering someone a job, so gaining experience and practice in treatments is essential.
- What does The Treatment Rooms gain from offering placements?
It can help in finding good therapists that can work to our standards. We have gained employees this way – after their placement, some students have gained work helping reception out on a weekend day or in the evenings. Some have then progressed into therapists when they have qualified.
- How often do you take on students for work experience placements and how should a student apply for a placement at The Treatment Rooms?
We are happy to take on students when our operations manager is available to spend time with them in order to get the most from their placement. Last year we had students that returned on more than one occasion to gain more experience.
Students would normally enquire by emailing Hilary@thetreatmentrooms.com or by sending a letter to Hilary Hill at The Treatment Rooms, 21 New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UF. We’ll try to accommodate any enquiries where we can.