Industry experts launch training academy

Above: Left to right, Debbie Moore and Julie Speed 

A new training academy, the International Beauty & Holistic Academy (IBHA) has opened in Gloucestershire. 

The academy has been founded by Julie Speed, former director of operations for BABTAC and CIBTAC, and Debbie Moore, her business partner at the Cedars Health & Beauty Centre in Gloucester. 

Offering courses accredited by the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) and the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT), the academy provides beauty therapy and holistic therapy training. 

Ranging from level 2 certificates to level 4 diplomas, courses include a level 2 certificate in nail technologies, a level 3 certificate in facial electrical treatments, a level 3 diploma in reflexology and a level 3 certificate in Indian head massage, among others. 

The IBHA additionally offers a so-called Finishing School, aimed at providing recently graduated and employed therapists the final preparation they need to be ready for the professional environment. 

Also on the academy’s curriculum is a series of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses, including a level 4 diploma in laser and light treatments, a level 3 diploma in aromatherapy and a level 3 certificate in advanced waxing techniques. 

Speed said: “We realised there is a very real need for high quality training for both students starting out and those already trained."

IBHA also provides product training with skincare brands Thalgo and Decléor.