Beauty spots filled in a flash at Alice Springs campus 

Beauty lecturer Amanda Gibbs and assessor Linda Manning prepare for the first Beauty class at CDU’s Alice Springs campus

Beauty Therapy classes are about to begin at Charles Darwin University’s Alice Springs campus for the first time in response to ongoing demand in Central Australia.

Tourism and Hospitality Team Leader Judy Bell said the Certificate III in Beauty Therapy and Certificate IV in Beauty Services courses were timely additions to the suite of courses already being offered by the Sales and Personal Services group at Alice Springs campus.

“We’re offering a new course with a new lecturer in a brand new fully equipped salon,” Ms Bell said.

“Classes start this Wednesday (1 February) and already they’re full.”

Ms Bell said Alice Springs had experienced a long-term shortage of beauty therapists because of the lack of a sustainable training program.

“We’ve drawn together all the elements and now offer this exciting new initiative, which promises to revamp the beauty industry in Alice Springs,” she said.

Beautician Amanda Gibbs, who has several years’ industry experience in Alice Springs, has just joined CDU as a lecturer and will work alongside Beauty Assessor Linda Manning.  Ms Gibbs qualified in Beauty and in a variety of holistic therapies, including Reiki, reflexology and massage, before leaving her native England for Alice Springs six years ago.

“This is an exciting beginning for me, for CDU and for the trainees,” she said.

“I’ve always wanted to teach beauty and am looking forward to a productive and fun-filled term of teaching and learning,” she said.