A day in the life of an FHT Ambassador

Pam Hardy ambassador

My name is Pam Hardy and I have been a Member of the FHT for 14 years and Coordinator for the Eastbourne and South Downs FHT Local Group for the last six years. I have recently become an Ambassador for the FHT and wanted to share with you my day as an Ambassador.

I was invited by the local College to come along to give some employability feedback to the students. When I arrived in the morning, the Level 3 complementary therapy students were just about to take their final exam. I was asked if I could assess them and give them feedback as to their employability. I spent the whole time in the exam with them assessing their two treatments, of a back, neck and shoulder massage and a reflexology treatment on the same client. They had two hours to complete their task.

Whilst they were treating, I was assessing them with the lecturer, Bev Collison, who is also an FHT member. We discussed everything that they did throughout the two hours, making very thorough notes as we went. At the end of the exam, Bev and I discussed all the students and graded them accordingly. The students were then called back in for us to give them their final grading and feedback.

I was introduced to all the staff at the college as an Ambassador for the FHT and they all told me how happy they were to have our support. I felt so privileged to be invited by the college on such a busy day, to see the high standards achieved by both the college and students, and to give them valuable feedback on their employability and future careers. I wished them all the best for their future and the students all did really, really well.

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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.’

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