Thank you for being our May cover for the professional issue.
I’m a huge fan of the new college Beauty EDU. I feel like it’s really shaking up the industry in such a positive way.
How did you get involved in co founding Beauty EDU?
I had known Ryan and Rachael Trainer, my Co-Founders of Beauty EDU, for some time and when they approached me about the concept – a completely new take on a beauty school – I jumped at the chance to be involved.
Have you always had an interest in the beauty industry or did this develop more over time with your modeling and presenting career?
I started modelling at 16 so became interested in beauty and makeup from then. It morphed into an obsession and I’ve been lucky to learn and work with the best in the industry who have taught me so much. I wanted to channel this knowledge into Beauty EDU to make sure our students are exposed to the best of the best, from teachers to techniques to product.
There are some amazing industry professionals that work at and with the college. What was the main difference you wanted to bring to beauty education from what was already being done?
We are closing the loop between education and industry, providing our students with industry-led learning and the development of hands-on practical skills, equipping them with the necessary tools, experience and knowledge to step directly into the workplace.
We want to create the next generation of beauty students who are relevant, progressive and can step out into any job in the industry, be the best and nail it!
We also have the following initiatives in place:
Industry Engagement Program
Beauty EDU recognises that a detailed and thorough understanding of industry requirements and expectations is vital if our curriculum and delivery of training is going to be at the forefront of beauty education.
It is only by meeting with industry regularly and participating in constructive conversations about the requirements of industry, the expectations they have of graduates entering the industry, and emerging and future trends, that we can ensure that we are positioning ourselves to deliver on, and exceed, such expectations.
The Salon was born out of the need to educate students not only on beauty treatments and how to perfect their techniques, but to also have students experience and learn in a real-world setting, to prepare them for the highest level of spa and salon work. Our student therapists work under the full supervision of our highly qualified educators. It is also a way for students to learn how to do financial transactions and up-sell to clients.
Beauty EDU Bar
The Beauty EDU Bar, situated within the cosmetics floor at David Jones, Eastland, is a brand new concept in training and provides a unique link for students to transition between training to the workplace. Once at a certain skill level, and taken through an industry interview process, students can commence working at the Beauty EDU Bar. Once on the Bar, they will work alongside professional therapists, and under the supervision of a Beauty EDU educator. They will gain experience performing manicures and brow treatments on David Jones clients and will be expected to rebook clients, recommend home care and retail and start to grow their clientele. This opportunity combines the support of their instructor and colleagues who understand they are still learning, with the rigours of a commercial business and a clientele with high expectations.
Graduate Outcomes – this global first initiative allows students to hone and perfect their skills in a world-renowned department store. The pathways and opportunities that students can grasp from here are endless.
Industry Placement after Graduation
Beauty EDU is well connected within the industry and liaises with potential employers regularly to keep abreast of job opportunities for our students.
Beauty EDU students work in day spas, beauty salons, skin clinics, brow bars and for make-up houses. Many of our students gain work whilst studying which leads to full time work upon graduation.
This is the same with our Makeup students who have started this year with us. We are currently working with makeup brands (local and international) on work placement opportunities during and at the end of their course.
Tell me about some of the brands you partner with. I believe they’re free of nasty chemicals and cruelty free?
At Beauty EDU, we want to leave things a little better than when we found them. We work hard to run our schools in a more enlightened way, which is why we place a priority on the social and environmental impact of our schools.
We aim to partner with brands that align to our values and share our passion for creating a responsible business, and educate our students on the importance of this. Brands we work with include Kester Black, an ethically focused nail polish range we’re super proud to be partnered with. They follow the ‘Five Free Formula’ and have water based and acetone free nail polish removers. We also work with brands such as Epicure Cosmeceuticals and Ultraceuticals.
How can students study with Beauty EDU? I’ve read you have more options then just face-to-face classes, can you tell us about those study modes and motivation behind them?
We have a range of study modes to suit our student’s lifestyle for both our Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SHB50115) and Specialist Makeup (Diploma of Screen and Media CUA5100).
This includes full-time which is 4 days on campus for Beauty Therapy and 2 days on campus for the Makeup course.
Part-time and Flexible study is currently only offered for Beauty Therapy, with Part-time one night during the week and a Saturday, so our students can still work full time. While our Flexible study mode is where students do the theory Online and then come in for Workshops across their course. To ensure we have the best graduates it is imperative they have in class learning at our campuses, so we never have only online.
Where do you see your career heading in the next 10 years?
Who knows! Hopefully we have a few more Beauty EDU campuses under our belt around the country. I’m also happy chipping away at my blog Rebecca Judd Loves and my tv work with Channel 9.
Do you have a favourite beauty or spa treatment?
I love the full body massages and the pregnancy massages at Body Freedom Urban Retreat in South Melbourne. I also adore the dermasweep and laser genesis from Liberty Belle.
I always hear from mums how little time they have for themselves. As a busy mum and career woman can you tell us about your morning beauty routine? Plus do you have any favourite beauty hacks to save time?
In the morning I’m so busy with school drop off that I just moisturise, draw on my eyebrows (ha!) and apply concealer and that’s it! A big pair of sunglasses helps too and a top knot. I save the exfoliating, serums and active ingredients for my night time routine and adore The Skincare Company products.
What’s one beauty product you can’t live without?
I love The Skincare Company’s Daily Cleanser and their hydration booster is amazing for long haul flights and dryer winter skin.