Jo Van Bladel
Nail Teacher – Sunshine Coast Campuses
Jo is our much-loved Nail trainer. Driven by a love of what she does and a love of learning. Jo is respected for her knowledge and her students benefit from her love of sharing that knowledge. Jo sparkles in the classroom, literally!
She loves training nail art, especially glitter and colour, and all the things that make a nail unique.
As one of her students said:
I trained under Jo four years ago. She is a truly amazing teacher. She is dedicated to her students and is always looking at new ways to engage them. As a nail technician, Jo’s skills are up there with the best and she is constantly improving. I know I can call on Jo for help and advice at any time. She is a very welcoming and caring lady. I cannot recommend her highly enough
Kerrel Clifford, Red’s Nails and Beauty.
Jo provides her graduating students with the skills to explore their own creative souls, create beautiful unique nails and turn it into a job they absolutely love doing. Her training is client focussed as she believes it is an important part of the job to “make the client’s feel as if they are the most important person in the world”, something she learned from her experience first starting out in a small business.
Jo originally began her career in nails, over 20 years ago. Becoming a nail technician/artist gave Jo the flexibility she needed to take care of her young son, she loved it and she’s been successfully creating beautiful nails for her loyal clients ever since. She has a wish to collaborate with as many nail techs as she can, and create a nail community that keeps the industry growing.
When we asked Jo what her key to success was she said “Practice, practice, practice and never stop learning”.
Nail Teacher – Cairns Campus
My mother was the person who initially got me into nails. She knew I loved art but did not have the patience to finish off any of my paintings. Mum knew nails was a way I could express my creativity. At that time, I was only 19 years old. My mother is also my greatest inspiration. I have watched her work hard and raise a family in a country, where she didn’t speak the same language. She has shown me that with persistence and determination I can achieve anything regardless of nationality, background or circumstances. Those lessons have always guided me through life, from the beginning as a technician to opening my own salon.
As a trainer, I love to see the students evolve. I love to see their techniques improve from the first day of class to the last day of class. It is very important for students to know that skill is not something that can be developed overnight.
My main goal for graduating students is for them to gain the confidence they need to head out into the real world and be able to apply all that they’ve learnt.
I believe the key to success is persistence and determination. Don’t limit your beliefs and trust in yourself. There are no such things as short cuts, and nothing is supposed to be easy. Anything worthwhile is supposed to be hard and it will test you beyond your limits. If success was so easy everyone would be successful, and the word would have absolutely no meaning.