Renee Price - Beauty Apprenticeship in NZ

Renee Price is HITO’s first ever beauty apprentice. She is loving her apprenticeship at Reveal Beauty so far and has been learning so much.

"The more I learn, the more I find to love about this career," she says.

Renee works for 30 hours each week, training with her trainer Charlotte on basic beauty skills. Since starting at Reveal at the end of 2014, Renee has learned about manicures, pedicures, eyelash tinting, and some massage. When we spoke with her, she'd just started learning about waxing.

Renee had no prior experience in beauty therapy before she started her apprenticeship. But no experience is necessary before you start an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are all about learning on the job and working your way up.

Apprentices also learn about customer service, reception, and merchandising. They can take responsibility for these tasks, leaving senior beauty therapists to focus on looking after their clients.

Renee says working in the salon environment is a lot easier than she thought. Her trainer Charlotte is available to assist her and supervise her with each task, which allows her to learn quickly. Renee says learning in the salon environment is very helpful – she learns not only how each service works, but also how they work in the salon environment.

"Learning in a salon environment makes such a difference,” Renee says. “You learn how everything really works in a real salon, and how to interact with real clients".

Another advantage of apprenticeship training is that apprentices get paid from day one. Apprenticeship fees are also significantly cheaper, so apprentices don’t have to take out huge student loans.

"Everything about my apprenticeship so far has been fantastic," Renee says. "I'd definitely recommend an apprenticeship to other people interested in a career in beauty".

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