A new beauty, make-up and nail training academy is to open its doors this Saturday in Hanley City Centre, Staffordshire.

Retrain, boost your business or advance your beauty careers in just six months

Foundations Nail and Beauty Academy is inviting local people to call in to a launch event at their training salon in Market Lane, Hanley on Saturday 28th January between 10am and 3pm.

People who work in the beauty or nail industry or those who own their own business are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone who would love to train for a new career as a beauty therapist, make up artist or nail technician.

Foundations Nails and Beauty Academy is offering a complimentary glass of fizz as well as the chance to receive advice about the fast track VTCT qualifications in Nail Technology, Make-up Artistry, and Beauty Massage. Existing professionals can also find out about the chance to expand their treatment range by studying individual units such as nail art, manicures, pedicures, face and body art, media make up and a range of massage treatments.

The new business is the brainchild of a team who are already at the helm of Trentham-based Acacia Training, which has a good ofsted rating and delivers government funded qualifications throughout the UK.

Vikki Sylvester is Managing Director of Acacia Training and Foundations Nails and Beauty. She is joined in the new venture by husband Ryan and colleague Julie Arrowsmith, both of whom have senior roles at Acacia and are co-founders of Foundations Nail and Beauty Academy.

Vikki comments: “We’ve been delivering government funded training for many years. Recently we’ve identified a demand within the nail and beauty industry for people who want to develop their skills in a more flexible, responsive way that they can enrol on all year round, and complete within six months.”

She continues: “Foundations Nail and Beauty Academy will provide all those things as well as enabling existing professionals to expand their range of services by completing individual units.

For example, a beauty massage therapist can learn how to do nail acrylics, or someone who does nails can learn how to do make-up. There are more than 7 units in each qualification and these can be studied as standalone certificates or all 7 units can be completed within just six months.”

Training at the salon will be delivered by two experienced beauty therapists and training assessors who until very recently worked at Alton Towers Resort Spa.

Potential students can choose whether to pay up front for the course or take a government-backed learner loan, with repayments commencing after their annual salary reaches £21,000 or above.

For more information or to enquire about courses, go along to the event on Saturday 28th January at Foundations Nail and Beauty Academy, 2-4 Market Lane, Hanley, visit their website, find them on facebook or on twitter @FoundationsNail