Stu­dents find suc­cess in beauty course

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook - LUKE KIRKEBY

Feel­ing good in their own skin is one of many bonuses four woman have gained after suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing a trial beauty course in Toko­roa.

14 weeks ago Toi Ohomai In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy’s Toko­roa cam­pus be­gan a Level Three Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Beauty Ser­vices trial course with tu­tor Rebecca Pakoti as a start­ing point for stu­dents to en­gage in fur­ther cos­me­tol­ogy study which is an in­dus­try with grow­ing de­mand in the re­gions.

Pakoti, who pre­vi­ously worked for Maori Tele­vi­sion as well as on var­i­ous spe­cial ef­fects projects, said with sim­i­lar tri­als fail­ing to take off in other parts of the coun­try, hav­ing four suc­cess­fully com­plete the course in Toko­roa was en­cour­ag­ing.

‘‘Two are go­ing on to do a full year in Ro­torua after hav­ing never done any­thing like this be­fore. It has opened so many doors for them,’’ she said.

‘‘We only have one beauty salon here so a lot of ladies are go­ing out of town to Taupo and Ro­torua to get ser­vices such as nails, eye­brows and lashes, skin care, and makeup done but their skill level is now on par with what’s here in town al­ready.’’

She said the con­fi­dence of the women has been vastly im­proved since tak­ing part in the course.

‘‘We are so proud of Toko­roa for hav­ing them pass.’’

‘‘For­merly they’d walk into a chemist sur­rounded by makeup and have no clue what to do with it, they’d never even picked up lip­stick, but they wanted to learn how to do makeup and look after their skin,’’ she said.

‘‘There is now a pro­fes­sional con­fi­dence that has grown within them be­cause of what they have learnt. What has emerged is beau­ti­ful young women, how women should be - not harsh; soft and gen­tle, yet con­fi­dent and el­e­gant.’’

‘‘There is no swear­ing, there is no gos­sip­ing. They have taken on a dif­fer­ent class now,’’ she said.

‘‘We are so proud of Toko­roa for hav­ing them pass. We are a com­mu­nity with so much go­ing for it, it’s just a mat­ter of be­ing able to step out of our com­fort zone and do­ing some­thing.’’

A spe­cial photo shoot with a model and do­nated props from sev­eral lo­cal busi­ness was held at the con­clu­sion of the course and Pakori thanked them for their sup­port.

‘‘Lo­cal busi­ness were so open and wel­com­ing,’’ she said.

She en­cour­aged those in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the next course to get in touch.

LUKE KIRKEBY

Cos­me­tol­ogy tu­tor Rebecca Pakoti with her suc­cess­ful Toko­roa stu­dents.

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