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Are you considering pursuing a career in the beauty or massage therapy industry?
It's a sector that's predicted to be one of the biggest growth areas for employment in the coming years, driven by ever-increasing demand from Australians for everything from skin, hair and nail care services, to hair removal and cosmetic tattooing, plus a range of massage therapies.
This boom is expected to make it even tougher for employers in the sector to find the qualified skilled staff they will need to provide the services customers are clamouring for.
It's a challenge one of Bathurst's newest private training businesses is seeking to meet.
The Australian Massage and Beauty Institute (AMBI) has recently opened its doors in the heart of Bathurst in Keppel Street and is now taking applications for its large curriculum of accredited training courses.
Students range from those planning on making a career in the industry to interested people who just want to learn the skills to use at home.
Bathurst is the second campus for AMBI. Its flagship facility at Bankstown in Sydney was established in 2007 and has trained hundreds of beauty therapists.
AMBI is a subsidiary of the business Nartel Enterprises Pty Ltd that was founded by young Vietnamese-Australian business woman Kacey Letran and also incorporates the fast-growing Neonails network of beauty salons specialising in nail care.
Today, Neonails has 12 centres in New South Wales, including the Bathurst store, as well as one in Vietnam.
AMBI sales and marketing manager Peter Ngo - who is based in Bathurst - said the company's retail arm had experienced first hand the shortage of qualified beauty therapists.
"There is a very big demand," Mr Ngo said. "We always are looking for more staff for our [Neonails] business and we also have a lot of other businesses contacting us and asking for help in finding staff because it's very difficult to find enough."
Mr Ngo said that AMBI's plans for the future include the establishment of a sponsorship system so that businesses needing staff are able to assist students with the payment of training fees as a way to encourage more people into the industry.
To celebrate the Bathurst facility opening and the new school year 2020, AMBI is holding an Open Day on February 1 to provide an opportunity for people to tour the new campus, find out about potential study options, and take part in some free workshops.
It's also a chance to meet some of the trainers and also former students who have been successful in their careers in the sector.
Mr Ngo said the company had chosen Bathurst as the site for its second AMBI campus because of the opportunities it identified in the region.
"A big opportunity is the area's growing aged care sector which will drive even more demand for personal services such as beauty and massage therapy," he said.
"Bathurst is aiming to grow in aged care services and we see good potential in the area."
"Plus we are very pleased to be able to give people the chance to study locally and not have to travel long distances as they would have needed to before."
Head along to AMBI's Open Day on February 1 from 10am to 2pm at the campus at 86 Keppel Street, Bathurst. You'll have the opportunity to find out more about AMBI's courses and facilities, meet the committed staff and trainers, connect with some distinguished guests, receive some gifts and have the chance to win prizes worth up to $1000. Find out more atAMBI's website or call 02 8076 2248.
This is sponsored content for Australian Massage and Beauty Institute Bathurst.