Renowned spa and salon services brand, The Onboard Spa by Steiner, visited Hugh Baird College this week to talk to students about career opportunities on board some of the world’s biggest and most luxurious cruise ships.

Steiner is the largest company operating spas at sea and the brand has been synonymous with quality spa and salon services at sea for more than 50 years. With spas on board luxury cruise ships operated by companies such as Royal Caribbean, P&O and Princess cruise lines, a career with Steiner can mean travelling all over the world.

The annual visit to the College by The Onboard Spa by Steiner is organised by Hugh Baird College’s Curriculum Coordinator for Beauty Therapy – and former Steiner employee – Kelly Randall.

Kelly said:

“When I first qualified as a beauty therapist, I landed a job with The Onboard Spa by Steiner and spent the first two years of my career travelling the world on luxury liners before working as one of their trainers at the Academy in London. Now, as a tutor, I am passionate about making sure that our students have access to the same amazing opportunities. Linking with employers in this way means that we can ensure the students are aware of where their qualification can take them and give them valuable information about what the industry expects from them.”

Steiner’s UK Regional Recruitment Manager for the North, Janine Brown, explained:

“As a company, we employ more than 3,000 spa professionals every year, from hairdressers and beauty therapists to acupuncturists and fitness instructors. So our recruitment campaigns are continuous.”

“Being able to meet the Hugh Baird students and talk to them face to face means we can give them a glimpse of the exacting standards we expect on board and a realistic picture of what it’s like to work on a cruise ship. It also gives us a chance to encourage the newest crop of talented hairdressers, beauty therapists and personal trainers to attend one of our recruitment events.”

All of those attending the presentation with Steiner are studying towards either hairdressing, beauty therapy or personal training qualifications so the presentation highlighted some of the great progression routes available to them. As well as telling them the highs and lows of what life is like on board, Janine, talked through the recruitment process and the type of skills and qualities needed to succeed.

Level 3 beauty therapy student, Chloe Martin, said:

“I finish my qualification soon and, after the presentation today, I’m definitely keen to apply to Steiner. I’m only 18 so I want to get a year of salon experience first to build up my confidence but the presentation today has really inspired me and now I’m excited to see where my career could take me.”

If you are interested in finding out about any of the courses at Hugh Baird College and the careers they can lead to, visit www.hughbaird.ac.uk or telephone 0151 353 4444. For more information about recruitment days for The Onboard Spa by Steiner, visit www.theonboardspa.com.