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Multiple work placements for Beauty Therapy learners in opening year

Five first-year learners from our Level 2 Beauty Therapy course have been offered work placements at salons.

Amber, Hayley, Abi, Macie and Weronika all completed work experience earlier this year as part of their College education programme. Following consistent hard work and strong workplace performances, the five are now preparing to take on permanent positions at their respective salons, which they will fulfil part-time as they continue into their second year of study of Level 2 Beauty Therapy. In addition to practical demonstration of skills, the five had to create job applications and personal statements as well as attend interviews in order to attain the placement offers.

Sam Gwyther, Level 2 Beauty Therapy Course Manager, said: “I couldn’t be more proud of these learners who have all showed real initiative and determination in securing their job placements. To accomplish this in the first year of study is no mean feat, and this practical workplace experience will be of huge benefit while they continue their studies in Beauty Therapy.”

The government recommends that by the age of 18, every student should have had at least two workplace experiences, in addition to any part-time jobs they might have. To support learners with these steps, our careers team have launched a series of workshops to help them through the job application process. The first of these was delivered by the National Careers Service on campus this week, entitled: ‘Creating a winning CV workshop’. This interactive session broke down the elements of a strong CV and discussed the importance of catering it to the specifications of a job listing. Learners came away with the knowledge of how to effectively structure their CV and were given a template which they could customise, which could be used as an aid for future applications.

Trudy McKenzie, Careers and UCAS Advisor at Eastleigh College, said: “There is a lot to writing a strong CV and sometimes it can be easy to overlook all the different components that are involved. The whole process encourages healthy self-reflection and ensures everyone is familiar with the accepted styles of CV – this is particularly important for ESOL learners whose native countries may encourage a different approach to writing CVs.”

There will be a number of further workshops taking place at lunch times at Eastleigh College over the next fortnight as well. For more information on these, please email