Beauty therapy students Nicole Donaldson and Rhiannan Egan will be swapping Warrington for the oceans of the world when they embark on an exciting new adventure working for Steiner!
The level 3 students, specialising in spa therapy, were offered positions aboard the company’s luxurious cruise ships after going head-to-head against 30 others at a six-hour trade test and interview in Manchester. Just four other beauty therapists were selected for the prestigious roles.
Nicole and Rhiannan – who will complete their course at Warrington Collegiate this term – will take to the high seas in July.
They will first complete three to 10 weeks training, before being flown to Steiner’s headquarters in Miami, where they will find out which ship they have been allocated to.
Former Ormiston Chadwick Academy pupil Nicole said: “This is such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and is something I’ve always dreamed about doing. I have been training to work on the cruise ships for two years and I would never have been able to make this dream come true if it was not for what I’ve learned at Warrington Collegiate and for my tutors.”
Once on their allocated ships, Nicole and Rhiannan will be tasked with performing massages, beauty treatments and other spa therapies on those aboard the cruise ships.
Rhiannan, who attended St Patrick’s RC High School in Eccles before enrolling at Warrington Collegiate, said: “It is so difficult to get onto the cruise liners. There is so much competition so for us to get picked from over 30 other candidates is incredible – I’m just so excited to get on there and get working.
“We won’t find out what cruise ships we’ve been allocated to until after we’ve completed our training. It could be a cruise ship around the Caribbean, the Maldives, America, Alaska, Greece – it could be anywhere!”
Once aboard the cruise liners, Nicole and Rhiannan will spend nine months at sea, before returning home for three months ahead of their next departure.
Sam Andrews, curriculum leader for hair and beauty, said: “Nicole and Rhiannan are such dedicated and talented students. They have worked extremely hard to reach this point and they deserve every bit of success that comes their way.
“It is such a competitive industry and extremely difficult to secure employment on the cruise liners. Their selection reflects the calibre of students we have here at Warrington Collegiate.”
Sam added: “Working for Steiner is such an incredible opportunity for Nicole and Rhiannon and the experience they will have working on the liners will enable them to demonstrate to future potential employers that they are hardworking, highly skilled and committed therapists.”