The recent uproar in the financial sector where a large number of people lost their jobs and means of livelihood, has further brought to the fore, the grave need to be self employed, independent and self reliant.
It is also a well know fact that the event and wedding planning sector is a unique and interesting industry with lots of opportunities. Since the beginning of the year is the right time to effect life changing plans and Sunday Vanguardâ€™s Weddings and Vows in its usual spicy style has compiled a compendium of professionals in the event planning industry, who provide professional training for prospective trainees who want to pursue a career in any aspect of wedding organization.
This compilation is aimed at providing a one-stop-shop for readers who intend acquiring professional training in the industry.
In todayâ€™s edition, Esther Onyegbula focuses on three outfits who specialise in providing detailed training in events planning and management, decoration,Â beauty and skin care.
What people need is training to enhance their in born talenâ€”Mrs. Sikeade Adetu
Sparrows Event Plus
Mrs. Sikeade Adetu is the creative hands behind Sparrows Event Plus, an event company which specialises in event planning, venue decoration, corporate gifts, interior decoration, floral arrangement, Engagement letters, packaging of Engagement gifts, bouquet arrangement and training.
According to the graduate of Computer Science from University of Lagos who recently won an award as the Most Creative Event Planner in 2009, â€œthe preparation towards the birth of Sparrow Event was conceived in 1990 as a hobby that latter metamorphosed into a profession. â€œWhile I was still in schoolâ€, she revealed,â€ I realized that I could put things together and come up with beautiful dÃ©cor, so,Â gradually, I continued to improve on my work, taking care of details, and eventually Sparrows Events Plus came to the stage. Our work speak for itself. It only became a full time job soon after I got married and became an expectant mother. I resigned and went into dÃ©cor and event planning full time.â€
On the services provided by her outfit, Mrs. Adetu explained, â€œwe have two major training schedules,Â tailored to suit the time frame and convenience of each student. We have the normal Monday to Friday training programs for those who have the time. We also have the special training program for those who are employed. Again, considering the fact that most people who intend acquiring these skills, are married women, some are employed but want to acquire these skills before resigning from their formal jobs. Saturdays are strictly for practical when we go for field work. While the maximum duration of our training program for any student, irrespective of their learning ability is one monthâ€.
Mrs. Adetu gave a critical profile of the potential event planner asÂ â€œone who is able to effectively use her brain to think up creative ideas, eyes to see and evaluate, and hands to work, noting that people need is training to enhance their in born talent. As a student, you should have the interest, the flair and strength, because the job is 99% practical and 1% theoryâ€.
On the seeming proliferation of the industry, Adetu said she believes that the industry has a broad field for everyone to work. â€œI donâ€™t see anybody as a competitor. I see them as my partner, workers and collogues and I have a good relationship with a lot of key players in the industryâ€.
Sparrows Event Plus has been able to efficiently cope with challenges by churning out new ideas, being creative and innovative, thereby remaining on top of their game.
A career in skincare gives personal fulfillmentâ€”Mrs. Sholly Ogungbe
Sholly Beauty World
Sholly Beauty World, is almost an household name in the beauty and skin care industry with over two decades in existence. Today, it is still blazing the trail with new concepts in the world of beauty. With an ultra modern beauty saloon, fully equipped health spa and skin clinic, Sholly Beauty World (SBW) has taken beauty to the next level. It provides a wide range of beauty services and training such as: biogenic skin treatment, cosmetology, facial treatment, makeup artistry, modeling, hairdressing, body massage, skin care, manicure, pedicure and aerobic exercises.
SBW is run by Mrs. Sholly Ogungbe, a trained and licensed Cosmetologist. Her passion for health and beauty began while studying at the School of Nursing, University College Hospital, Ibadan, where she obtained a Diploma in Family Planning. She later got a Certificate in Midwifery from Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, Lagos.
In order to be an authority in the world of beauty, she pursued a degree in Fitness and attended several intensive courses in Cosmetology and skin care in the United States of America. On relocating to Nigeria, she established Sholly Beauty World and has never looked back ever since. Now with over 24 years practice, Mrs. Ogungbe has continued to empower young Nigerians through her training programs to become skilled professionals in the beauty and skin care industry.
Her lengthy list of grateful clients, continuously testify to the efficacy of her herbal formula, which has put smiles in the faces of people with skin care problems. The school she said, has turned out lots of enviable graduates, who are gainfully employed or proud owners of modern Salons in Nigeria and other countries.Â Training at Ogungbeâ€™s Beauty World â€œprepares prospective graduates to embark on careers that not only offer them consistent sources of income, but also provide them with new and lasting friendships and personal fulfillmentâ€, Ogungbe announced.
The school which also boasts of conducive hostel accommodation and environment, also offers opportunities for acquiring marketing skills, benefitting from Mrs Ogungbeâ€™s wealth of experience and after training job-placement. Even with itâ€™s hard to beat records, Sholly Beauty world insists it is not resting on itâ€™s oars.