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 EDUCATION

Good paying jobs await spa therapy grads

26th March, 2019

By ERSIE CHELL ANJUMIN

DESPITE negative perception, spa therapy is a promising career that promises good income opportunities and is high in demand in the market.

The founder of Excellence Skills Academy (ESA), Stella Matuya said, spa therapists could earn at least RM2,000 a month, with some making about RM5,000 a month.

“The demand for spa therapists is high… Currently, five out of eight, our joint venture spa companies are looking about 89 local therapists…There were also demand from Singapore, Australia, and Brunei who requested ESA to send over their therapists.

“But we are not able to supply because all the trainees who graduated today already have jobs waiting… In fact, the trainees in ESA are all booked by our joint venture spa companies even before they graduated,” she said during ESA’s sixth convocation ceremony held at Marriott Hotel Kota Kinabalu on Saturday.

Stella also pointed out that this field requires discipline and hard work. Hence, she urged all the graduates to keep being positive and strive hard to achieve success in life and career.

“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous, and know that you can do anything you put your mind to.

“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, you will eventually find success,” she said.

Meanwhile, Sabah Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yaacob was delighted with the programme conducted by ESA as it has reduced the numbers of unemployment among youths in Sabah while also hoping that more youths will join the programme.

“I am proud of the fact that locals like Stella Matuya have taken the initiative to create opportunity for youths in Sabah.

“I have been informed that this year, she is running this course without assistance from any government agency. This shows her sincerity to help transform the lives of Sabahan youth.

“Most important, all the graduates get jobs in the industry with a minimum wage of RM2,000 plus other benefits such as accommodation and flight tickets every year. I hope all graduates appreciate the opportunities offered by ESA.

“I also hope that there will be more youths who will sign up for this programme. I was informed that there will be new intake for April 2019,” he said.

Yusof’s officiating speech was delivered by Sabah Assistant Minister of Education and Innovation Mohamad Mohamarin.

Yusof further noted that the government has always taken note of accredited training centres and is able to provide training to its youth.

“Therefore, I recommend that the academy find funding to enable such training opportunities to be developed,” he said.

He also congratulated all the 20 graduates who successfully completed the course and have jobs in the industry offered to them at the same time.

Also present during the convocation ceremony were Deputy Permanent Secretary of Education and Innovation Ministry, Moira David, the managers of ESA’s joint ventures company and the graduates’ parents.

   
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