Lia Jones has always had an interest in beauty and after she left Ysgol Aberaeron following her A-levels, she was torn between following a path in the beauty industry and studying a degree in performing arts.
In the end, Lia decided to do both. After completing her degree in performing arts at UWTSD, Lia enrolled on the level two beauty therapy course at Coleg Ceredigion.
Lia jones said: “I chose to study at Coleg Ceredigion because of the reputation that the college has.
“I heard that the college had a very homely environment with the Welsh language very prominent within the classroom and outside of it, something that was important to me.
“I also heard exceptional feedback about the beauty department and I knew straight away that this was the place for me.”
After completing her course, Lia started up her own business called Pinco, a mobile beauty service, offering various treatments learned from her course.
While continuing to build her business, Lia decided to return to college the following year to study a level three beauty therapy course, stating: “By returning to the college I could offer my clients more treatments and following the completing of that course I am now a qualified beauty therapist.”
As the business continued to grow, Lia opened a small beauty salon in her conservatory, making exceptions for her elderly and disabled clients who she still visited. But it wasn’t long before the business outgrew the conservatory and Lia is now in the process of building her own salon.
Lia added: “It is an exciting time for me with Pinco with the new beauty salon being built and I’m grateful to Coleg Ceredigion for all that they’ve done.
“The college has given me the skills and the confidence needed to start my own business and I enjoyed my time at the college and the opportunity to learn these skills from fantastic tutors who were always ready to help as well having the opportunity to study through the medium of Welsh all on my doorstep was priceless.