Budding entrepreneurs celebrated after completing beauty therapy courses organised by the Kirklees-based PERS Home Working Service.
The courses, designed to help participants into self-employment, were organised by PERS and Salma’s Beauty Academy in Dewsbury. Three 12-hour free accredited training courses were delivered to 50 participants from across Kirklees.
Clr Masood Ahmed presented certificates to the participants at the end of their training.
He said: “It is a great pleasure to see so many people benefiting from the PERS Home Working Service and learning new skills.
“These types of practical learning opportunities provide the skills, knowledge and experience for participants to begin their journey into the world of business.”
Courses completed included facials, skincare and head massage, waxing, manicure, pedicure and nail art.
The courses also helped the participants in terms of personal development and provided them with new, relevant employability skills.
Many of the participants are eager to start their own enterprises and several have already begun to receive support from the PERS Home Working service. They are currently undertaking market research to assess the viability for beauty/holistic therapy in their respective areas.
One participant stated that the course was the first stepping stone for her to embark on her entrepreneurial journey. She now wants to progress on to further training and development before she starts working from home as a beauty therapist.
Salma Laher, owner of Salma’s Beauty Academy, said: “All the participants were a pleasure to work with and I hope that they have really benefited from their time with us, learnt new skills and can now use them to start and grow their own businesses.”
The project is funded by the Big Lottery under the Reaching Communities Programme. It started in 2009 and is staffed by a group of development officers who support individuals who are doing either paid work from home or want to become self-employed working from home.
The project also provides information on home working, training, spotting scams, advice and free health and safety risk assessments and free equipment, subject to funding.
For further information, contact the PERS home working team on 01924 428032.