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The Spa Industry offers exciting career opportunities for job seekers looking to break into the industry for the first time.
Within the spa world you may start you career as a spa assistant to gain experience in the environment or you may want to gain a first hand introduction to the industry as a spa receptionist which would place you at the ‘front of house’ dealing with the administration / booking systems and providing excellent customer care. Alternatively, you may have or plan to gain beauty therapy or massage qualifications which will allow you to specialise in ‘hands-on’ therapy. Not only do spa therapists practice a wide range of standard therapies but they also practise detox treatments, Reiki, Indian head massage, and aromatherapy.Whatever you choose, it will be important that you have excellent people skills, a genuine interest in helping people and the enthusiasm to make a difference.
How to get into the Spa Industry
There is an entry Level 2 Beauty Therapy NVQ which teaches the basic skills required of a spa therapist, and then a Level 3 Spa Therapy NVQ course. Apprenticeships are available in Spa Therapy. This means you can earn a wage whilst learning the skills and gaining the experience employers want you to have to do a good job. You also get a qualification at the end of your training that is valued by employers. Most apprentices go straight into jobs, often with the business where they did their training.
The Level 3 course is designed for those who want to become senior spa therapists, supervisors, managers, or owners, and covers a whole range of topics.
Qualifications and Experience
To study the NVQ level 3 you will be expected to have 3-4 GCSEs A-C grades.
For those who would like to gain further qualifications, candidates can also move onto taking a foundation degree, degree, or Higher National Diploma in spa management.
Spa therapist salaries usually range from £10,000 to £20,000. The pay while training may be low, but it is often enhanced with tips and gratuities from clients. Spa therapists in top spas and those who progress to supervisory or management positions will earn more.