New Straits Times

Beau ty in entreprene­u rship

- ZULITA MUSTAFA AZLAN ISMAIL Avon Malaysia Business Developmen­t division head

STUDENTS from the Faculty of Hospitalit­y and Tourism, Geomatika University College, will be trained on entreprene­urial skills in beauty, following the memorandum of understand­ing (MOU) between the university college and Avon Malaysia recently.

Through collaborat­ion with the faculty’s Beauty and Wellness cohort, Avon hopes to be able to support the vocational developmen­t in entreprene­urship, particular­ly in the fields of franchisin­g, retailing and direct selling in beauty.

It is also to equip students to be on the road to success and preparing them to be job creators instead of job seekers in the market.

The students will have the opportunit­y to understand the real industry environmen­t, techniques and strategy from Avon Malaysia Beauty and Training Developmen­t Division.

They will have a session with a trainer to boost their confidence level on public speaking and personal grooming.

Besides that, they will also undergo training at Avon outlet in Berjaya Times Square mall, where they will be able to engage with the customers to sell products over the counter.

Avon will provide internship opportunit­ies to the students, allowing students to equip themselves with skills in direct sales, retail, marketing, management, supply chain and other relevant discipline­s.

In line with this, Avon, under its Avon Young Club arm, will also advocate inner beauty at the campus through related activities and programmes, such as cosmetic and confidence campaigns.

Others include an opportunit­y for students to undergo comprehens­ive training and pursue in- depth understand­ing of beauty or cosmetolog­y, and preparing students to take up the managerial line when setting up their own beauty boutiques.

Present at the signing of the MOU were Avon Malaysia head of alternate channel, business developmen­t division Azlan Ismail and Geomatika Edugroup president Professor Dr Mohaizi Mohamad.

“Geomatika offers academic- and vocational­based programmes to produce holistic future graduates that are capable of serving the community and contributi­ng to a smart nation.

“We are pleased that Avon sees potential in Hospitalit­y and Tourism students, giving them these exposure and experience,” said Mohaizi.

“An individual can only be self-employed if h e passes two elements, namely skills and experience.

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