FHT Ambassador inspires next generation of beauty therapists

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FHT member and ambassador, Vanessa Franklin, recently enjoyed meeting beauty therapy students at Wiltshire College, to offer expert advice for their future careers. Vanessa was invited by the college in her role as an FHT Ambassador, to give a presentation to students studying a City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty and Spa Therapy.

The FHT Ambassador programme puts a trusted, trained FHT representative in classrooms across the UK, giving students valuable information about regulating bodies, insurance, and all the valuable support the FHT has to offer at every step of their therapy career. Students are awarded two CPD points for attending these talks and are given a certificate for their portfolio.

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Speaking after her talk, Vanessa said, ‘What a lovely end to the week. I spent two hours in Chippenham today with the students after being invited by the lovely Emily and Sophie.

‘In my role as an FHT Ambassador, I presented the benefits of membership and support a professional association can offer, particularly if you are a newly qualified therapist or lone worker. A hot topic was the value of progressing to the Level 3 qualification in beauty/spa to increase employability and earning potential. We also had questions and discussed insurance considerations, from treatment liability cover, to getting the takings into the bank.

‘It was a great session with everyone. Wishing the students every success with the next steps in their careers and best wishes with exam results.’

Find out more about the FHT Ambassador Programme

Students stoked for success through new FHT initiative

The FHT Ambassador Programme is now in full swing, with our most recent talk coming from Vice President Maria Mason. She visited the City of Bristol College on 23 March and spoke to an enthusiastic group of Level  2 and 3 students about the benefits of membership in a reputable organisation such as the FHT.

But wait, what is the Ambassador Programme?

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It’s the FHT’s regional awareness campaign, which sees specially appointed, local FHT Ambassadors visiting colleges and speaking to students about regulating bodies, insurance, their futures in therapy and the valuable support offered by the FHT every step of the way.

‘I think as experienced therapists, we need to reach out and guide new therapists in the direction that is right for them,’ Maria said of the experience. ‘I’ve been with the FHT since I qualified, over 25 years, and I think it’s brilliant. When I worked on my own, I never felt alone, because I always had that point of reference, and I think it’s really important for students to realise that.’

As well as giving an engaging and informative presentation and talk, our experienced Ambassadors can also answer any questions students may have.

Maria said the students ‘had so many questions they wanted to ask me, and I was able to answer them, and show them it’s a wonderful thing to work in holistic therapies.’

Their tutor, Zofia Kogut, had nothing but praise for the programme, saying that Maria’s enthusiasm and professionalism touched her students on a different level. ‘They were all absolutely buzzing afterwards,’ Zofia reported.  ‘They have been given lots of food for thought on where their qualifications will take them whilst ensuring they have the backing of an amazing company like FHT.’

Ambassadors also can bring with them a wide range of collateral for tutors and students, including back copies of International Therapist, information postcards, application forms, and pens.

Learn more about this wonderful new programme, and request an FHT visit at www.fht.org.uk/ambassador