28 Jul


With medals all round, the students achieved 100% passes in their CIDESCO exams with exceptionally high theory results this year. CIDESCO examiner Anna-Lie praised the College for our warm welcome and exceptionally high, professional standards.

Similar comments were also expressed by the CIBTAC examiner who endorsed their admiration for OICB and for successfully upholding its reputation as a college of excellence. International examining boards throughout the world expect to see “only the best” and we can certainly boast delivery of “the very best”.




After all their hard work and efforts of the last year, the students finally celebrated their success with the Graduation Dinner, held at Eynsham Hall on Friday 29th June. Supported by parents, friends and family, everyone enjoyed the last chance to wish each other well, say their goodbyes and in most cases, promises to keep in touch.

We are pleased to announce the following award winners:

  • NVQ Evening Class Student of the Year Award Sponsored by Jessica Nails goes to Joanne Williams.
  • CIBTAC Year 1 Achiever Award Sponsored by Nirvana Spa. Most improved CIBTAC first year student is Madison Cotton.
  • CIBTAC Year 2 Student of the Year AwardSponsored by Spa Find, goes to Emily Sharp.
  • CIDESCO Retail Student of the Year Award Sponsored by Sienna X & Spa Find, goes to Maxine KayAnd finally the most prestigious award…
  • CIDESCO Student of the Year Award Sponsored by Dermalogica & Decleor, goes to Christabel Davies.

Christabel Davies and Emily Sharp were both presented with Student of the Year plaques to proudly hold for one year until the next graduation. Taking prime position on their mantle pieces I’m sure.

Huge congratulations from all the staff for the successful award winning students. It takes that something special to stand out above a group of outstanding students. Well done to those girls who were acknowledged for their hard work, extra effort and positivity that helped them to achieve such prestigious college awards.




Industry have continued to support the OICB in 2012 and surpassed all expectations this year by offering work experience places. We send our sincere thanks to all of you who gave the students the opportunity to work in your prestigious spas and salons. We placed 33 CIBTAC and CIDESCO student in work placements around the world, and received some great feedback from Spas such as Ragdale Hall, Grayshott Spa and also from local salons such as Liz Evans Beauty and Cedar Therapy. Work experience placements are ideal opportunities for companies to trial students ready for employment. We were pleased to see many companies offered our students jobs and are glad that some of girls have already started working for example Emily Sharp, who is loving her job at Cedar Therapy and putting her skills learnt at OICB to good use.

The Beauty Industry appears to be riding the economic storm as well as the unfortunate storms of the summer and all students who graduated have been presented with employment opportunities.

Hard work, dedication, professionalism and passion for the beauty therapy is our mantra and we once again wish all of you a successful, happy and rewarding career.




We are busy in the office now enrolling new students for our new intake in September. We are meeting lots of lovely budding new beauty and massage therapists. Watch this space as you will see lots of new faces in September. Remember the new students will need practise, so anyone wishing to be pampered can book into our Student Salon for some top treats.

Anyone considering a career as a beauty therapist, look no further, study, with the professionals at the OICB and be guaranteed of the wonderful career options available and a lifestyle rather than a job!