They graduated at a lively ceremony held at the Vocational Training Opportunity Center (VTOC), witnessed by their proud instructors and family members.
At the event, the graduating class of 2017 put together a graduation hair and makeup show, showcasing their skills by presenting three different looks – Glamour, Romantic and Rock.
The L’Oreal Foundation launched Beauty For A Better Life worldwide, extending a helping hand to young, disadvantaged women in more than 20 countries from Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
This year, L’Oreal Malaysia expanded the programme to include a new category, Beauty Care to give participants skills and knowledge required for the make-up industry.
The programme encompasses six months of comprehensive training that includes courses on makeup, bridal and nails.
Graduates of the programme also get the chance to intern at leading cosmetic stores such as Shu Uemura, Urban Decay and YSL Beauty, allowing them to gain first-hand experience.
L’Oréal Malaysia corporate communications director Jean Loh said, “Last year, we had 12 girls who graduated as certified hairdressers through Beauty For A Better Life.
“This year, with the introduction of the Beauty Care programme, we are immensely proud to see 21 young women graduates.
“In line with our company’s credo, L’Oreal Malaysia believes that regardless of their background or financial ability, these girls should be given equal opportunity to obtain the skills and tools needed to integrate themselves into society.
“By helping them achieve the first step of acquiring knowledge, we can give back to the community and encourage these ambitious young women to make a difference in their own lives,” said Loh.
The L’Oreal Malaysia’s Beauty For A Better Life programme was made possible through a partnership with the National Council of Women’s Organization (NCWO) and the VTOC by YWCA.
As a leading advocate of women’s rights, NCWO unites women’s organisations to respect, protect and fulfil human rights, promote the development and advancement of women at all levels, advocate and monitor the full participation, inclusion and representation of all women in decision-making, as well as ensure equitable access for women as agents and beneficiaries in national development.
VTOC, a project of YWCA Kuala Lumpur, provides vocational training for employment to young women and girls from economically-disadvantaged segments of Malaysian society.
Since its inception in 1998, a total of 1,524 young women have benefited from its courses.
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