Many people who are focused on completing tertiary education often simply assume that university is the ideal pathway for them. ¬†Similarly, many school students who don’t want to attend university are of the ardent opinion that they will not continue study. Yet a fantastic option that perhaps neither of these groups may factor into their thinking is Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.

VET is a vital driving power of the Australian workforce – so much so that as of 2011, over 1.9 million were enrolled in the public VET system. The courses that come under the umbrella of VET are offered by TAFE institutions, community and adult educations providers, industry colleges or skill centres and commercial and enterprise training providers. An increasingly popular VET program that more and more Aussies are engaging in are beauty therapy and skincare courses in Sydney.

Beauty therapy can provide a very fulfilling and challenging career for those interested in beauty, the body and skincare. Beauty therapy covers a wide range of treatments and will equip you with a vast array of skills, allowing you to specialise in a particular area of your choice if you wish. The predominant jobs or skills that you will learn when studying or practicing beauty therapy include: massage and aromatherapy, skin diagnosis, facial treatments, microdermabrasion, manicures and pedicures, hair removal, tinting and eyelash perming, small business management and referring patients to health practitioners.

The three options on offer when studying beauty therapy, all of which are covered by the esteemed Ella Bache College, are to complete a diploma in beauty therapy, a certificate III in beauty services or a certificate IV in beauty therapy. A diploma and certificate IV are 12 month (full-time) courses that allow graduates to work in day spas, beauty salons, health retreats, hotels, resorts or cruise liners. With a diploma, you could also then gain access into Health courses at universities and even get credit for some of your subjects.

Doing a beauty certificate in Sydney will provide you with similar job opportunities, without the connection to university degrees. A certificate III, however, is a shorter and less comprehensive course than a IV, but still enables you to work in a beauty salon, focusing on makeup, waxing and nails as well as administration and merchandising roles.

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