Industry heavyweight to launch new beauty training school

Former director of operations at Babtac Julie Speed is launching a new beauty and holistic training school with business partner Debbie Moore. Opening next month in Gloucestershire, the International Beauty & Holistic Academy will offer a range of beauty qualifications as well as a post-graduate finishing school for salon and spa teams.

Speed said, “Before working for Babtac, I had my own experiences of students applying for jobs, who weren’t actually salon-ready but thought perhaps this was because of my own expectations. However, I learned that this problem was not unique to me. We realised there is a very real need for high quality training for both students starting out and those already trained.”

The new school will offer qualifications and courses from Itec and VTCT, as well as product training from Thalgo and Decléor. Attached to a beauty salon with experienced therapists, students will be given the opportunity to learn in a real-life salon scenario and be able to put any postgraduate training to the test.

“We’re also now working with a number of product houses, as well as with a number of established spas such as Calcot Manor, to upskill individuals in specific areas and ensure they truly are commercially aware. We are offering a gateway to a career anywhere in the world.”

The first course will be start on April 14 and students interested in finding out more or booking a course should visit: