Meet the Team

Sharron

Beauty

I am a fully qualified beauty and nail therapist. I first started in the beauty industry when I left school at 16, I trained at St Helens college for 2 years completing my I.H.B.C level 2&3 and City and Guilds level 2&3. My passion was always in nail extensions and at 18 I trained with Backscratchers and Star Nails to enhance my knowledge.

I opened my own salon in Wigan in 1996 and also started on my teaching career with Star Nails. I worked with them for 4 years enhancing my skills for nails and teaching. For the next few years I continued with my salon always keeping my training up to date with new techniques. I then continued teaching with another company for the next 12 years, in this time I acquired my assessors award and my Internal Quality Assurance award.

I love sharing my passion and knowledge with other people and seeing them gain in confidence through the 20 week courses is very rewarding. Giving people the skills to achieve their dreams and knowing that you have helped make a difference is an amazing feeling.

Emma

Beauty

My name is Emma, I’m a confident, assertive nail teacher and assessor at Vita. From a young age I always had a desire to be in the beauty/fashion industry. For the last eight years I have been self employed carrying out work as a beauty therapist, spray tannist, lash and nail technician with a lot of repeat work and recommendations due to my abilty to provide high class work and likeable, happy personailty. I have been able to combine my love of art with nails learning current nail art techniques. I’m much in demand due to my nail art work being both creative and professionally crafted from basic manicured nails to fine art and everything inbetween.

My passion seen me wanting to progress, this I felt was by becoming a teacher in my chosen specialist field of nails to allow me to project my passion onto others. I’m very business minded and have a proven track record in organising, planning, cash handling, book keeping, stock control, customer care, customer complaint handling and subject knowledge I can confidently guide, mentor and educate anyone wishing to learn how to become their own successful independent nail technician.

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Holly

Beauty

Hi my name is Holly, I’m a fully qualified Nail Technician, Beauty Therapist and Hair Stylist. I have worked in the industry for over 9 years. I started as a Saturday girl when I was still in school, going on to work full time in a salon, I have also worked free lance and on to open my own company. From a young age I have always wanted to teach but never felt the traditional route of classroom teaching was for me, I have recently gained my teaching qualification and assessors award so now I can put my passion of nails, beauty, hair and teaching all in to one!

Teaching is such a rewarding job, every day I see students confidence grow and it makes me so proud when they achieve their qualification and start on their path in the beauty industry too!

I work full time teaching and still have my own clients at weekends to keep my skills up to date and fresh.

Marie

Beauty

I have been a nail technician for 12 years now. I first trained in theatrical make up artistry and then beauty therapy, nails and hairdressing. I have owned 2 salons in stoke on trent and Cheshire and work as a freelance make up artist specialising in bridal make up and have regular clients I enjoy doing beautiful nails for. I am a regular competitor at the professional beauty shows in the nail category’s. More recently I have worked as an assessor and beauty/ nail technology lecturer at NULC in stoke on trent. I have taught competition nails and 3d art for a well known brand and specialise in extreme nail art.

Katie

Beauty

Hi my name is Katie, I am a qualified Beauty therapist and Nail technician with over 10 years experience.

During my time in the industry I have worked as a Make-up artist for a leading brand in the cosmetics industry where I gained a wide range of skills from Make-up techniques, skin care, effective running of a business and customer care. With the skills and knowledge I gained it enabled me to start my own business offering a range of services in the Beauty, Make-up and nail industry.

I still have the same passion, enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge in my career as I did in the beginning which made me want to progress further, this lead me to teaching.

I find my role as an assessor very rewarding, on a daily basis I am able to share my passion, enthusiasm and my skills with anyone starting their new career. Watching people’s confidence grow throughout their course and achieve their goals at the end will never be tiresome.

Stephanie

Beauty

Hello! I started my career in Beauty Therapy when I was just 17 years old. Completing a six month YTS scheme in a local Beauty Salon confirmed this was the direction I wanted to take, I loved it!

I completed a two year course at Cannock Chase Technical College and in 1984 qualified in Beauty Therapy achieving my I.H.B.C level 2 &3. I love the sea and hence secured my first position in a beauty salon in Penzance, Cornwall. Following this I went onto see far distant places as a beauty therapist on board a cruise liner which was absolutely amazing. When I returned to the U.K, I worked in various salons but wanted to share my passion for the industry and the versatility it has to offer and so ventured into teaching. I achieved my Certificate in Education, my assessor’s and IQA awards and then pursued a B.A. (hons) in Post Compulsory Education, while maintaining my vocational skills through treating clients privately. I have taught in two Further Education colleges spanning over 16 years and thrive on seeing new students to the industry realise their dreams. Keeping skills up to date and current is so important, I have done this by completing a course in tattoo removal and other specialised laser treatments and have worked as a therapist/laser practitioner, a very exciting area of the industry.

Beauty Therapy is an amazing career for anyone that has the drive and passion to succeed. I love being part of their journey.

Katie

Beauty

Hi my name is Katie, I am a fully qualified nail technician, with experience within the beauty and hair industry.

I have worked in the industry for over 10 years and have accessed vita skills training in order to obtain my teaching qualification.

I started working in a salon as a trainee stylist which gave me the experience and confidence  to build my own buisness as a freelance therapist offering nails, hair and beauty treatments.

I have recently obtained my teaching qualification in which I have experience working within FE college’s. I am excited to have the opportunity to join the VITA team and expand my career along the way.

I will continue to work freelance to ensure my knowledge is fresh and up to date.

Gemma

Beauty

I am Gemma Betton, a qualified Aesthetician, Beauty Therapist, Nail Technician and Commercial/Media Makeup Artist who has been part of the industry for almost 20 years.

I studied at college and completed private training in lots of different areas afterwards to refine various skills. I worked in several locations to build my basic skills and to keep up to date with the rapid change in our sector.
I have always held an extensive interest in all elements of ‘beauty therapy’ and tried to upskill and master every new skill or technique I possibly could. I studied and qualified as a teacher in 2004 and have been teaching ever since.

I have a great passion for all things creative and spent years experimenting with many techniques and spent ten of those years as Lead Coordinator for Nail Technology and Commercial/Media Makeup and five as Lead Educator of Laser and Light within Further Education.

One thing I have never stopped improving, is the knowledge of the common factor of everything in the beauty industry – Skin Health
Alongside teaching I have worked freelance within the industry on many projects including on set, on location, in studio and live catwalk, also working with celebrities and influencers providing makeup, nails, clinical skin care/aesthetics.
There is nothing that I gain pleasure from more than passing all of my knowledge and skill on to others. I get so much satisfaction from seeing students develop a skill, gain confidence and become successful in the world that I genuinely love. My ultimate goal is to teach, nurture and encourage an incredibly high standard of new practitioners.

Fran

Care

Fran has worked in the Social Work/Social Care sector since 1989, qualifying as a social worker in the 1990s. Fran began her career working in a Therapeutic Community for children and young people in the late 1980s, specialising in working with children with neuro-diverse presentation in a therapeutic setting. Moving on from this role she worked for several years in a dedicated Youth Offending Team before moving on to take up a senior role in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) team in the late 1990s. In this work Fran has built up a high level of expertise working with children and young people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and with children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

In the mid 2000’s Fran set up her own support service for children and adults who had ASD, ADHD or ADD, called Wraparound Services Ltd which continues to offer specialist and bespoke services to this client group. Fran has also taken on the role of specialist trainer in the Fostering Sector, offering training services across a range of areas including those mentioned above and also specialist support in the field of Attachment Disorders.

Elizabeth

Care

Elizabeth is a qualified Social Worker with over 30 years’ experience in a variety of social work and allied settings, with current practice experience in Children’s Social work, Adult mental Health and Learning Disability Social Work, Child and Adult Safeguarding and Learning Disability.
For the last 12 years Liz has worked in training alongside providing specialist Social Work Services. In this role she have been responsible, amongst other things, for the development of the organization, managing staff teams, contract management, direct work with learners, managing OFSTED inspections, and working with to assist the organization achieve Awards such as Investors in People. The Matrix Standard, ISO, etc.
Liz has also, undertaken several of short to medium term Social Work roles with agencies who have approached us to provide Social Work Tasks. Recent examples of this type of work include working as a Supervising Social Worker for an Independent Fostering Agency, Providing medium term management for a Mental Health Agency, providing Social Work Supervision support for a number of Children’s Agencies, developing management policy and procedure for Social Care Agencies, running a small service through Personal Budgets for Older People, as well as providing a number of short term Social Work support projects. Liz is fully conversant with most aspects of Statutory Social Work, Legislation, Current Practice, etc. and has recent experience in most areas of statutory Social Work.
Liz have a passionate interest in child care and fostering and have in the last 12 years worked closely with foster carers and foster care services. Having worked closely with many Local Authority Fostering Teams and IFAs Liz has developed a thorough understanding of the fostering task and the work that foster carers need to be able to undertake. Liz is fully conversant with the competency based assessment process, the principles of Attachment Theory, concepts of Identity and Loss, Positive Parenting, etc.
Liz has completed four years training in Psychotherapy and has a great interest Attachment Theory and its application, having recently attended conferences organised by The Bowlby Society.
Liz has also been actively involved in the provision of training and qualification for Foster carers in several Local Authorities and IFAs and worked as part of a pilot project providing the first National Level 5 qualifications for Foster Carers and has also been actively involved in the provision of management qualifications for Fostering Agency Managers. This work has also led to her being involved with the provision of service to Professional Football teams, assisting with the development of provision for family accommodation for young footballers at Various Premiership Football Clubs
Earlier in her career Liz gained extensive knowledge in working with children and young people with Learning Disabilities and has also worked in the provision of care for older people and people with enduring Mental Health problems. Liz is a qualified Vocational Assessor, Assessment Moderator and Social Work Practice Teacher

Jackie

Care

Jackie has over 30 years’ experience working in the child care/social work setting. Beginning her work in Local Authority Nurseries in Blyth and North Tyneside, where she gained a great deal of experience working in child protection and outreach settings. Because of her interest in work in these areas she took up a post as a Social Services Officer in 1996 and was later seconded to undertake my Social Work Qualification, I qualified as a Social Worker over 15 years ago. Jackie then began working as a Social Worker in a busy Child Protection team. 

Later Jackie  took up a post working as a Supervising Social Worker in an Independent fostering Agency, later taking up a role as a director of a company, specialising in the training and assessment of Foster carers as well as the provision of independent Social Work Services

In this role work Jackie has worked throughout the UK undertaking a variety of different roles. These include the assessments of foster carers and other Social Work and Social Care Professionals undertaking professional qualifications such as the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce, The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services, delivering foster carer training covering areas such as Safeguarding, Attachment Theory, Managing Challenging Behaviour, Child Care legislation, Skills To Foster, etc. Jackie has undertaken consultancy Social Work for a number of different Agencies, including Fostering Agencies, Services for People with mental Health difficulties, Children’s Homes, etc. As part of her work I also provide safeguarding training, professional development support for staff working with children and young people at a number of professional football clubs, as well as carrying a case load of ongoing Form F assessments and Initial Screening Visits for a group of Fostering Agencies. 

Jackie has also, undertaken several of short to medium term Social Work roles with agencies who have approached us to provide Social Work Tasks. Recent examples of this type of work include working as a Supervising Social Worker for an Independent Fostering Agency, Providing medium term management for a Mental Health Agency, providing Social Work supervision support for a number of Children’s Agencies, developing management policy and procedure for Social Care Agencies, etc.

Tim

Care

Tim has over 35 years’ experience in the field of Social Care. Beginning his career in a therapeutic  community for children with severe behavioral difficulties he then moved on to work in a unit for children and young people with severe disabilities. In 1989 Tim qualified as a social worker. In this role he has experience in a wide variety of professional settings, including work with children and families, working in family placement, work with adults and children with learning disabilities and work with people with mental health problems.  Tim also worked in secure settings working with children who were held securely for their own safety, worked as part of the out of hours social work team (EDT) and as a manager  of a social work team. .

Tim’s area of specialist interest has been fostering services, especially the development of specialist knowledge and skills for foster carers. Tim has been involved with providing a range of training for foster carers and foster care staff, this includes, providing Skills for Fostering Training, on going mandatory training, training in specialist areas such as attachment and resilience, managing challenging behaviour and understanding legislation, as well as providing management training and qualification.

Tim has also undertaken several of short to medium term Social Work roles with agencies who have approached us to provide Social Work Tasks. Recent examples of this type of work include working as a Supervising Social Worker for an Independent Fostering Agency, Providing medium term management for a Mental Health Agency, providing Social Work supervision support for a number of Children’s Agencies, developing management policy and procedure for Social Care Agencies, as well as providing a number of short term Social Work support projects. Tim has been recently working as a Consultant Operations Manager on a part time basis for a large national Fostering Agency, with responsibility for Quality Assurance and OFSTED readiness for the North of England and Wales. Tim is fully conversant with most aspects of Statutory Social Work, Legislation, Current Practice, etc. and has recent experience in most areas of statutory Social Work.

In addition to the work outlined above, Tim has for the last two years have been contracted to work at Bradford University, on a part time basis, lecturing on their BA and MA Social Work degree programmes, covering programmes such as Communication skills, interviewing children and adults, professional Child Care Practice, Court Work and Understanding Values and Ethics.

Tim is also part of a team which develops and provides safeguarding and other training to a number of Premiership Football clubs.

Colin

FLT Training

Qualifications

  • Lift truck Instructor
  • NVQ Assessor
  • PTLLS

My working career started in 1982 in the textile industry that had me work up to management level resulting in 25 years overall service. The latter years of my time there I completed the RTITB instructor course that enabled me to deliver the training for my own staff until I left the company in 2007 to set up delivering commercial training.

I have now been operating commercially delivering lift truck training throughout the North of England for over a decade and during that time I have also completed additional qualifications to deliver vocational courses within the workplace.

I’m very passionate to deliver quality training to leave a lasting impression that encourages customers to come back time and time again.

Jonathan

FLT Training

I started work in a textiles company in 1996 and progressively worked up to a supervisor in the warehouse. I operated various forklift trucks on a daily basis to carry out daily tasks. After 10 years I left the company to become a manager at a well known and busy haulage firm. I became a forklift instructor 8 years ago and I travel the north west delivering training courses. Since then I have continued to develop my skills and qualifications to enable me to deliver vocational qualifications.

I enjoy seeing people gain confidence and develop their workplace skills to enable them to progress.