Lucknam Park has launched a spa therapist programme in which it will pick two top students from Bath College to get trained up to their highest standard every two years.

The programme begins by giving students a part-time job while they are in their final year of college and sets them on a fast-track pathway to senior positions.

Adele Adams and Bobby Thomas, both 18, are the first two Spa Therapies Level 3 students to get onto the programme. They have been working at Lucknam Park around their studies and they will start working there full-time from July.

Adele says: “I’m really looking forward to the next stage of the programme. Working at Lucknam, I’ve learned the standards of a high-end spa and have got to know regular clients.

“I’m sad to be coming to the end of college but excited to start full-time work.”

Adele and Bobby are coming to the end of Year 1 of the programme as entry level spa therapists before progressing to Year 2 when they become spa specialist therapists after a week of intensive ESPA training. In Year 3 of the programme they will become senior therapists, gaining skills and knowledge in all areas of the spa, from reception to treatments with the option to train in specialist cancer care.

Sharon Rooney, spa director at Lucknam Park says: “We are really excited about our Lucknam Park Spa Development programme which is a wonderful collaboration with ESPA and Bath College.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for newly qualified therapists to learn and grow their skills in a 5-star environment, and to reach the role of senior therapist in three years will secure therapists a successful career path for their future”

Diana Rowe, lecturer in complementary and spa therapies says: “This is brilliant for our students to have the chance to progress towards spa excellence, working with Lucknam Park, guiding and mentoring them at every step.

“We are so happy to collaborate with a 5-star spa to enable a further increase in the students’ standard of work, ensuring their employability and longevity in the industry.

“The relationship with Bath College and Lucknam Park Spa has been strengthened and consolidated by this development for our spa students who have been given an achievable aspiration and inspiration to become super skilled therapists and employees.”

To find out more about Bath College’s Spa Therapies course visit: bathcollege.ac.uk