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Budding beauty therapists in South Cheshire are being offered a first step into employment on a free traineeship programme with the International School of Beauty Therapy in Crewe.

The Beauty School’s new traineeships aim to help local school and college leavers who are not in education or training (NEET) and are aged 16-18.

The youngsters will receive one-to-one career coaching, confidence building, off-the-job training and a 15 to 20-week part-time work placement in a beauty business, which may lead to an apprenticeship.

Across the UK, there are around 792,000 young people aged 16-24 not in education or training.

Youngsters on the ISOBT traineeship scheme will complete an initial two-week pre-employability course before going on to a work placement with a local beauty business, two days per week.

They will also complete a qualification in beauty, studying one day per week at the International School of Beauty Therapy in Nantwich Road, Crewe.

Tutor Rebecca Fowles, 24, knows all about the challenges facing young people leaving school and trained at ISOBT herself.

She said: “I lacked confidence in school and never dreamed that a career in Beauty Therapy was within my reach.

“However, I made a great career in the beauty industry, first completing an apprenticeship at ISOBT and then going on to work in six different beauty salons and continuing to complete various other specialist qualifications.

“Most recently I completed a Teaching and Assessing qualification, and this has meant that I can now pass on my skills and knowledge to other aspiring beauticians.

“I thrive off helping others and watching them become successful, so being able to now teach my skills to new students is a massive achievement.

“I couldn’t have got where I am today without the help I’ve had from the International School of Beauty Therapy – now I want to help other young people do the same.”

free traineeship programme with the International School of Beauty Therapy (ISOBT) in Crewe

Free traineeship with the International School of Beauty Therapy (ISOBT) in Crewe

The traineeship project is led by Stoke-on-Trent-based Acacia Training, owners of the International School of Beauty Therapy.

Ann Nixon leads the project for Acacia Training and the International School of Beauty Therapy.

She said: “We are very keen to talk to parents, carers and relatives who have a young person at home who is losing confidence because they haven’t yet found their path after leaving school or college.

“They may be anxious about further education after having a difficult experience at school, or they might have found it hard to find a job or apprenticeship.

“They may be losing hope and feeling that lots of doors are not open to them, and their family or carers may be feeling that they don’t know how to support them with their next step.

“Our job is to help by working very closely with each young person and their family, and with the employer, as well as ensuring the right support is in place from other agencies if needed.

“The ultimate goal for the programme is to get each young person into a paid beauty apprenticeship after they complete their traineeship.

“What we are providing is a foot in the door with an employer, a chance to impress and find their confidence in a career they enjoy.

“We are here to hold their hand all the way, giving them chance to shine and realise their true value.”

More information can be found by visiting or calling Ann Nixon on 01782 646346.

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