27 April 2016

A beauty therapy student from Chesterfield College has secured a dream job in the beauty industry after competing in the final of Ragdale Hall's first ever Student of Excellence competition and impressing the judges.

Jasmine James, 18, was one of just five students to get through to the final of the competition, which took place on Saturday 23 April.

Jasmine, was competing for an employment package at the famous spa including a full time beauty therapist position and a two-year training plan.

Despite the fact she just missed out on first place in the competition she impressed the judges so much that she still came home with a job offer and training package that will start in the summer as soon as she has finishes her studies at Chesterfield College.

She clinched a place in the final after impressing the judges by performing two treatments: a manicure and facial in the first round. In the final, she performed two further treatments, sat a difficult theory exam, and had an extensive one-to-one interview with a member of Ragdale's recruitment team.

Jasmine told us:

“The competition, including all of the preparation work and practice I’ve put in, has really boosted my confidence. My tutors have been incredibly supportive giving me extra tuition in their spare time which I’m so grateful for.

"I’m so excited and can’t wait to get started with such a revered organisation like Ragdale Hall. It really goes to show that if you work really hard and put 100 percent in to something you’re passionate about that great things can happen.”

The competition was open exclusively to students working towards their Level 3 qualifications from colleges with Ragdale Hall's 'College of Excellence' status - certifying high standards of training.

The Student of Excellence competition was launched to challenge students to excel in their training, in order to be selected to represent their college in the competition.

Allison Garner, Personnel Director at Ragdale Hall, said:

"We know from working closely with further education colleges that there are many very talented beauty therapy students who will be starting to think about their first job in the industry.

"This competition is a great way for them to come and have a look around Ragdale, speak to our current therapists and see what it takes to work in a busy, professional environment.

"The rewards on offer - for both the winner and runners up - show Ragdale's commitment to supporting and developing this new talent. It's also a fantastic opportunity for those who are successful to have the best start possible to their careers in the beauty industry.”