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Estheticians in demand at local beauty and spa businesses

She’s only 19, but Heidi Luken’s esthetics career has taken off.

A month before graduating from Okanagan College’s Esthetics and Nail Technology Certificate program, Luken was hired by Ten Spot Beauty Bar, a trendy Toronto franchise that recently opened its first B.C. location in West Kelowna.

“I’ve had multiple job offers and I only graduated. I’m able to negotiate my wage,” Luken says. “With the amount of knowledge you have, employers want you.”

In the past four years, nearly all of the College’s Esthetics students have found work in the field before graduating. Instructor Candice Timm takes calls from employers across B.C., as far north as the Yukon and from the eastern provinces, looking for fully qualified estheticians trained beyond manicures and pedicures to include skin and body treatments such as massage.

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