A mum-of-four from Kirkby who overcame her natural shyness by attending a course for adult learners is now running her own beauty service.
Jodie Wharmsby (30) took part in a waxing and spray tanning course at Sutton College two years ago, and is now offering beauty sessions to clients at Hetty’s charity shop Donate and Dazzle in Main Street, Huthwaite, a charity for which she is also a volunteer mentor.
Jodie left school at the age of 15 with no qualifications and her experience of education was dented by a lack of confidence. While pregnant with her fourth child two years ago, Jodie took up driving lessons and passed her test at the second attempt. Her new found independence provided the momentum for her to look at further self-development opportunities and she has since gone on to study several short courses and secured professional qualifications at beauty salons.
Jodie said: “The community courses managed by the county council have been wonderful as they have helped me to build my self-confidence and I had a really supportive tutor, Linda Smith.
“I now enjoy learning and feel I have come such a long way and I would encourage others to look at what opportunities are out there.”
Jodie was one of dozens of learners praised at the county council’s Adult and Community Learning Service’s annual Awards Ceremony as part of the NIACE National Festival of Learning.
Tutor Linda Smith said: “ “When I first met Jodie she was very shy and under confident, she brought along members of her family to courses for support.
She had her confidence destroyed and slowly we got her to a better place where she believed she had a talent which she enjoyed. She is now a lovely student who helps others.”