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Abi Markey

About you and background

Abi Markey, 27 years old from Tonypandy

What course did you study at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I studied Level 2 Beauty Therapy at the Rhondda campus, with Course Tutor – Gemma Treharne. On completion of this course I progressed to Level 3 Spa and Customer care at the Nantgarw campus.

What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?

After studying A Levels at school, I was unsure what I wanted to do. I attended an Open day at the college and after speaking to the Course Tutor, Gemma Treharne - I enrolled on the Level 2 Beauty course.

Why did you choose to study this course?

I chose the Level 2 Beauty course as it provided me with an insight into the Beauty sector and there were various progression routes available, should I wish to pursue a career in this field. The Spa and Customer Care course provided further opportunities for me to gain employment in a fast growing industry and I felt the more treatments I could deliver, the more opportunities would be open to me.

What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd?

The college offers a range of courses, which allows you to progress from Level 1 through to H.E., in a very friendly and supportive environment.

What do you intend to do next/what are you doing now that you have left?

On completion of the courses at Coleg y Cymoedd I worked for some time at the Vale Spa, however I decided I preferred doing nails and chatting to the clients. I was fortunate to secure employment at Nailsinc in Debenhams and House of Fraser; where I worked for 3 years.

How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions?

Following my employment at Nailsinc., I ventured in to Marketing and worked for a firm whilst studying my CIM qualification - unfortunately I soon realised this was not a career for me. However, the Marketing qualification and the qualifications I achieved whilst at the college enabled me to set up my own business – focussing on the nail treatments and skills I had acquired, including customer care.

How will studying impact on your life?

The experience and skills gained at the college gave me the confidence to set up Nailedit Beauty in 2017, which is based in a little summer house at the back of my home. The number of regular clients grew and this became my full time job. I have also been shortlisted as a Finalist at the Welsh Hair & Beauty Awards 2020, taking place later this year.

Would you recommend this college and this course to others?

I would definitely recommend studying at Coleg y Cymoedd. The staff are so supportive and have a wealth of experience from working within the industry; the skills and confidence you gain from them is excellent. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’- as in June, Nailedit will be celebrating its 3rd birthday!!

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Elise Chubb

About you and background 
My name is Elise Chubb, I am 17 and from Llantwit Fardre. 

What course did you study at Coleg y Cymoedd? 
I am studying Level 2 Beauty Therapy. 

What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd? 
It was the nearest college to where I live and I’ve heard lots of good reviews about the college.

Why did you choose to study this course? 
I chose to study this course because I have always had an interest in beauty related hobbies, and it’s what I plan do for a career when I leave college. 

What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd? 
As well as the qualifications, I have gained a lot of confidence and I’ve met my best friends. 

What do you intend to do next? 
I will go on to either continue on with Level 3 Beauty Therapy, or I will do a makeup course. 

How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions? 
The course is helping me achieve my ambitions because it’s shaping me into the person that I’ve always planned on being. 

How will studying impact on your life? 
Studying will impact my life for the better because when I have something to do or a goal to achieve. It’s good to keep me motivated. 

Would you recommend this college and this course to others? 
Definitely!

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Paige Hoskings

About you and background 
My name is Paige Haskins and I am 17 years old. I live in Taffs Well but I am originally from Cardiff. 

What course did you study at Coleg y Cymoedd? 
I have been at Coleg y Cymoedd for 2 years. In my first year I studied health and social care but realised it wasn’t for me I am now studying level 2 beauty therapy and I am enjoying it a lot more. 

What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd? 
Coleg y Cymoedd is a 10 minute walk from my house so it is easy access and it also had the specific courses that I was looking for.

Why did you choose to study this course? 
I choose to study this course as I enjoy more practical work rather than written work so it was perfect for me. I also like to do practical assessments such as makeup etc. 

What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd? 
It is a lovely college and there are many nice new people to meet. The college gives you so many opportunities and the tutors are lovely. 

What do you intend to do next? 
I hope that after this year in college I will be able to progress onto level three in Beauty Therapy and then on to the level 4 course in Salon Management. 

How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions? 
This course will give me the qualifications that I need to be able to do the job that I hope for in the hair and beauty industry when I am older.

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