Jayne had struggled at school as she was not an academic and had hoped to become an occupational therapist. She felt that this may not suit her abilities and after receiving career advice she decided on a course in Beauty Therapy, much against her Father's wishes who thought she 'could do better'. However, Jayne was determined and with her four GCE's and an Art 'A' level she was accepted onto a beauty therapy course and received a Higher National Diploma in the subject.
Her first job on leaving college was in a Steiner beauty salon and not long after joining the company an ex-tutor offered Jayne a part time job teaching manicure to hairdressing students. She was able to do this on her day off from the salon and enjoyed it so much that she realised that she wanted to become a teacher of beauty therapy. She changed her job and began working as a beauty therapist in a hairdressing salon, allowing her to be flexible in her working hours in order to take on more teaching.
She realised that it was essential to obtain the necessary qualifications and embarked on a three year part time training programme, achieving her Certificate in Education and several years later took up teaching full time. Jayne has developed a successful electrolysis programme, with students achieving second and first place in the national Sterex Epilation competition. She has been level two co-ordinator, team leader for beauty therapy and she is currently the Programme Manager for Beauty and Spa therapies.
During her career and to continue her professional development, Jayne became an external examiner, internal verification co-ordinator and has contributed to the working party developing the new standards for beauty therapy. Jayne's advice to anyone wishing to teach is to gain as much industrial experience as possible, an essential for passing on knowledge to students.