British Beauty Council launches the Future Talent Programme

The beauty-specific career programme has been created to lead talent to the beauty, spa and wellness sectors


By Wendy Golledge

17 February 2023

The British Beauty Council has launched its new Future Talent Programme, an industry-first careers programme devised to help promote successful careers in beauty, wellness and spa.

The beauty-specific career development programme, it will nurture a pipeline of talent to the sector.

“From hair products to skincare, the beauty industry is a huge part of daily lives but its importance is more than skin deep,” said Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP at the launch event at No.10 Downing Street.

“The industry is worth billions to our economy and, as the Future Talent Programme will demonstrate, offers a route for young people to launch careers in science and technology.

“There are a huge range of apprenticeship opportunities available to people interested in a career in this industry, with options including laboratory and research scientist, digital marketing and beauty therapy.”

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan at the British Beauty Council Future Talent Programme launch in 10 Downing Street. Picture by Simon Dawson

Highlighting career pathways

The hair and beauty industry currently supports almost six hundred thousand jobs – that’s one in every 60 in the UK – roles which contribute almost £30bn to the British economy.

But the value of beauty careers has been long underestimated, making it difficult for young people to realise the diverse opportunities available to them in the industry.

The British Beauty Council is tackling this lack of awareness with the Future Talent Programme.

Backed by the Department for Education, The Careers & Enterprise Company and STEM Learning, the programme is dedicated to highlighting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) career pathways to young people, aged 11-18.

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The programme will be seeded out to schools across England via The Careers Hub Network

The Council is also facilitating a beauty STEM Ambassador Programme, which will see industry leaders visiting schools to share their expertise and inspiring career advice.

The British Beauty Council has worked with Estée Lauder Companies, L’Oréal, No7 Beauty Company, Superdrug, Deciem and The Fragrance Foundation to execute the cross-industry campaign.

"As a young person I never knew of the abundant careers available this industry. I worked as a hairdresser, and only by trial and error did I end up with my colourful career."

Millie Kendall OBE

CEO of the British Beauty Council

“Whether it’s product formulation, sustainable packaging innovation, website design or supply chain efficiency, personal care couldn’t exist without STEM experts. During its pilot phase, STEM Learning estimates the programme has already reached a total of 25,000 primary and secondary schools,” Kendall continues.

“We want to fast track young people towards suitable career options within our industry, thus ensuring we have a seamless flow of talent.”

The Future Talent Programme will exist beyond this initial roll-out to explore different career areas including marketing and communications, buying and merchandising and beyond.

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