How one brand is working with colleges to train the next generation of beauty therapists
As the current academic year completes, Dermalogica has been preparing the brand’s undergraduate support programme for 2021/2022. With a revamped student pathway, a wider workshop selection, e-learning options and more recognition and awards, the programme is set to raise the game on bridging future professionals into employment in the beauty and spa industry.
The brand is committed to supporting professional-grade skillset training worldwide to help more people own their futures through careers as skin therapists. Training more than 100,000 skin therapists globally every year, the brand is also passionate about supporting all future professionals to get the best start to their journey into the world of skin care.
How Dermalogica is helping colleges train the next generation of professional therapists?
With integral knowledge of undergraduate education and qualifications, the perspective of an employer with varied business partners, stores and concessions, along with the innovation of a leading professional brand, Dermalogica’s Aspire programme provides colleges with enriching education that exposes undergraduates to real world learning experiences.
Designed to also be supportive of technical qualifications that have employer engagement requirements, yet suitable for all types of qualification, the programme can improve student work placement and employability prospects through the range of workshops and awards.
Undergraduate students and apprentices have been benefiting from the programmes for more than 30 years, and some students have even shared their experiences of learning with us over the past year here.
Get more information on Dermalogica’s Aspire Programme today.
What does the Aspire programme cover?
The latest Aspire Programme aims to provide every undergraduate student and apprentice with valuable industry relevant insights, best practice reinforcement, and the chance to broaden their industry awareness, skills and knowledge to better prepare them for work. The programme is open to all undergraduates and colleges are not required to stock the Dermalogica brand.
The fully digital programme has been engineered to ensure maximum accessibility and flexibility regardless of changes to Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions, while maintaining the experience of live educator learning from experienced professionals.
The Aspire Student Pathway is comprised of digital interactive workshops and e-learning modules designed to provide fully flexible and accessible supplementary learning for students entering the exciting world of professional skincare.
The first tier of the pathway offers the Skills Series – eight 60-minute enriching Dermalogica educator-led workshops directly mapped to important technical skills within the undergraduate curriculum.
Focused on strengthening proficiency through real world exploration of treatment techniques and protocols, topics covered include:
- Confident consultations
- Retailing daily regimens
- Face Mapping skin analysis
- ProSkin Treatments
- Prep and prime for make-up.
For advanced level students, pressure point massage, Dermalogica with technology and Pro Power Peel Treatments extend awareness and reinforce safe and effective practice.
By attending a minimum of four of the eight digitally streamed interactive workshops undergraduates can achieve the CV elevating Aspire Skills Award. Achievement of the Aspire Skills Award unlocks access to tier two in the pathway – the Employability Series.
Available as scheduled 75-minute webinars or self-paced, on-demand e-learning modules, these 10 sessions are designed to boost employability prospects by offering high value knowledge and skills with insights into the latest industry trends and services. Designed to accelerate client awareness and commerciality which are highly sought-after by employers.
The Employability Series delivers practical advice, strategies and knowledge application on a range of subjects including:
- Sustainable working practices
- Customer-led skincare
- Client care practices
- Occupational health and wellbeing
- Stock management
- Adapting for disability and difference
- Gender neutral services
- Promoting services
- Virtual services
- Skin diversity.
Completion of six of the 10 Employability Series will result in achieving the Aspire Employability Award.
What’s the next step for students?
Students can achieve the ultimate undergraduate student status of Aspire Excellence Award by progressing through the final tier of the pathway and completing two of the four Career Next Steps e-learning modules.
These self-led sessions provide students and graduates with thought-provoking content to explore when they are at the cusp of entering industry. Bridging out of education and into employment these modules help discover the broad range of career opportunities, allow individuals to identify their unique skills sets, prepare for interview and investigate opening a business.
Dermalogica is also continuing with the Ready to Work scheme. Graduates who have completed a regulated qualification can access Dermalogica’s comprehensive foundation training that will give them a head start in securing employment. By becoming Dermalogica Certified, these therapists are insurance-ready to work and will save a potential employer four days of Dermalogica brand training.
How have lecturers found the Dermalogica undergraduate programme?
"Dermalogica has given the disadvantaged next generation of beauty therapists the biggest helping hand in their careers with this initiative. When we announced this opportunity to our students, in the midst of lockdown, they physically cried with relief and happiness,” said Kate Howells, Level 3 beauty course leader at Canterbury College.
“On behalf of my Level 3s, we cannot thank Dermalogica enough for reigniting the passion of these students who thought their industry was crumbling and over before they'd even qualified. Lecturers' hands were tied this year – we couldn't offer any additional training opportunities for our students to boost their employability, but Dermalogica has helped some to secure employment and inspired others to pursue a career in skincare at university.”
Ciara Geoghegan, a lecturer in Carlow, Ireland, commented: “Dermalogica online training has been fantastic, especially over lockdown. As a teacher, I have been able to upskill on a range of fascinating courses and learn about new product innovations and treatments.
“The support from the trainers online is wonderful and the enthusiasm and professionalism is infectious. We have been recommending the courses to our students and to join the Facebook Undergraduate UK & IRE page as this is also wonderful.”