“But Scott,” I hear you say, “we’re only a little beyond halfway through 2013! And you want to talk about 2014?!?”
I think a lot of people don’t quite understand how much forward planning goes into tertiary education. We’re lucky that Private Training Establishments (PTEs) like ours respond to change and obstacles and whatever else is thrown in front of us quicker and with more ease than some of our Government-owned counterparts. Pat on the back for PTEs.
I’m not going to get into a lot of the changes we’re making, as we’re still in various stages of planning for these, but I can release one tid bit of information that might be exciting for our 2014 prospective students:
We’ll have a combined Diploma in Beauty Therapy with Certificate in Nail Technology programme on offer in 2014.
Instead of taking 16 months or so to complete the Certificate in Nail Technology and then the Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics separately, 8 students will be able to complete both at the same time and within 10 months.
Even though the Targeted Review of Qualifications for beauty therapy qualifications is currently happening, basically freezing all new qualification applications in their tracks, we are able to combine current qualifications to create what TEC calls “concurrent qualifications”, i.e. two or more programmes that run at the same time.
We’ll be trialling this in 2014, and once the New Zealand qualifications emerging from the TRoQ become finalised, and our programmes are aligned with them, we’ll let you know if we’ll continue offering these two programmes together.
2014 information, including the 2014 course information pack, should be available for download from our Web site, and posting out to New Zealand addresses from our offices, around Monday, 12 August 2013. Sorry for the delay, but we have been extremely busy here!
There will also be a few major changes in the application, interview, and enrolment process at NaSA. This information should be available in August as well.
Stay tuned for more developments as they become available.
Scott Fack is the Director of Operations at the National School of Aesthetics. He remains one of the beauty therapy education industry’s leaders in compliance requirements and quality management systems.