61 students graduate from 2nd Image International Skills College in Kumasi

61 students graduate from 2nd Image International Skills College in Kumasi
Some of the graduands in a group pose with dignitaries

2nd Image International Skills College on Friday, February 19, 2021, held its 6th graduation ceremony for its Kumasi branch in the Ashanti region, under the theme “Skills Development; a Transformative Approach to Financial Independence and Economic Growth”.

The event at the GNAT Hall, was the maiden edition in Kumasi, as previous ceremonies happened in the national capital, Accra.

61 students in all, graduated from courses in Fashion Technology, Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, and Cosmetology, running between 1 to 2 years.

2nd Image International Skills College was established as a beauty and slimming salon in 1986 by Mrs. Nikki Boamponsem, a UK-trained Health and Beauty Therapist.

35 years down the line, 2nd Image takes pride in being a full-fledged beauty clinic and school committed to the provision of quality beauty needs and training programs for women in and outside Ghana to become successful salon owners, managers, stylists, and fashion giants.

The Chief Executive Officer in a virtual address, congratulated the students for successfully completing their courses, even in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I’m very proud of you because I know it hasn’t been easy for you. With the pandemic, you had to go off school for some time, there were data and airtime problems but somehow you have been able to achieve this through their hardwork and the support of their facilitators who have guided them all through their courses.”

She continued that “at 2nd Image International Skills College, we train you to be an entrepreneur so that you can contribute to the national development. I know you’ll go out there to be ambassadors of 2nd Image because we have given you the foundation and also, we believe you’ll keep upgrading yourselves.”

The Director of the school, Clint Boamponsem was thankful to the administration who have provided training and guidance for the students.

The Chairperson for the ceremony, a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) expert, Mr. Kwabena Adu Amaniampong, advised graduands to continuously develop reinvent themselves, to meet current best practices in the beauty and fashion industry. He also advised them to take customer care and record-keeping seriously.

“Record-keeping is very important to every craft; unfortunately, most of your colleagues in the informal sector do not even have data of their apprentices', finances and that does not augur well for thriving businesses. You should also remember that customer-relationship is also key to your success. When you treat people well, they will recommend you to others.”

Some of the graduands also shared their experience about studying at the institution.

“My name is Sandra Adwoa Saah, I did a 2-year fashion and design course at 2nd Image International. Honestly, I have learnt a lot of things, and I’m hoping that as I graduate today, I’ll be able to employ people to support mother Ghana too.”

“I am Philipa Baah Nyarko, and I pursued Beauty Specialist (Diploma). I expect to gain more experience as I step out to the world of work before I establish my own saloon. 2nd Image has truly empowered me to succeed.”

“I had no idea about hair and make-up until I came to 2nd Image. The teaching staff were very accommodating and taught me a lot. I’m very grateful to 2nd Image for everything I know now. If you are home, and thinking of where to get life-long skills, please come to 2nd Image International Skills College”, another graduate asserted.   

In attendance at the ceremony were captains of industry, including the Ashanti Regional Coordinator for the National Vocational Training Institute Mr. Martinson Osei, the Trade Coordinator for COTVET, Mrs. Victoria Asabere, and the Principal for the Afoako ICCES Technical Vocational Centre, Elisha Selasi Adjorlolo.

Headquartered in Accra, 2nd Image International Skills College has another branch at Denu in the Volta region, aside the Kumasi office.