Looking for a career change after Covid? The Massage Company’s new TMC Training Academy is giving people an opportunity to retrain in a new field – and have a job guaranteed at the end of the course.
Faced with a shortage of talent, but explosive growth in consumer demand for massage therapy, The Massage Company has taken a fresh approach to getting the skills they need to grow their brand, setting up their own fully certified, internationally recognised training scheme. With record numbers of adults looking for a new career path – especially within the 35-44 age bracket – and new graduates facing a tumultuous job market, the academy is bringing much needed employment opportunities to the UK.
At the end of the six-week course, graduates will achieve a Diploma in Massage Therapy from the international Think Tree Hub, as well as a guaranteed job at one of The Massage Company’s centres.
But why take such a radical approach to sourcing talent? For The Massage Company, it was a necessary step to secure their growth as a front-runner in massage therapy’s surging popularity in the UK. Talent shortages have been gnawing at the industry for some time, with Brexit causing a block of new skilled European therapists from entering the UK market. And despite increasing demand for the therapy, training opportunities for new practitioners have remained limited.
John Holman, TMC Director of Massage Training, explains, “We spotted a trend. We could see therapists leaving the industry, and numbers of newly trained therapists falling. But we knew that if we could bring people into the industry, show them the potential they could have from day one, and guarantee employment at the end of it, we could create something really interesting. I’ve had a 31-year career in massage and for me, it’s physically demanding but never hard work. I want to show others what a great opportunity becoming a certified massage therapist can be.”
By taking matters into their own hands, The Massage Company are making sure that they not only have access to talent, but that trainees have the high standards and customer service traits that The Massage Company’s subscribers have come to expect from the brand. Every applicant takes part in a pre-course interview to ensure their aptitude for the course and the work that follows, driving a 100% education to employment rate.
With a high focus of classroom above online training, TMC Training Academy students get both hands-on experience and flexible vocational learning to go over and above the average levels of training therapists usually receive in the UK.
Charlie Thompson, Founder and Managing Director of The Massage Company, commented; “With the UK – and indeed the world – suffering from low numbers of students training in massage therapy, and massage training schools closing, The Massage Company sees this as the perfect time to be looking to the future. Our Training Academy will be a core part of our recruitment for the years ahead.”
The first six-week course starts this January, led by TMC Training Manager Charlie Russell. Formerly lead therapist at TMC’s Tunbridge Wells franchise, Charlie brings both her experience as a massage therapist and her insight into The Massage Company as an employer. The course costs £1995, but the deposit is refunded after three months of employment.
To find out more about taking part in vocational training with The Massage Company, visit: https://training.massagecompany.co.uk/.