The professional training organisation who offers bespoke training to meet your individual needs

Welcome to The Learning Aesthetics Academy (LA Academy)laacademy


We are a professional training organisation formed by the collaboration of highly qualified and experienced Beauty and Aesthetics Spa Therapists and Educators; together they offer bespoke training designed to meet your individual training needs, and that of your employer, salon, spa or clinic.

If you are a salon, spa or clinic looking to provide your employees continuing professional development (CPD) to meet the requirements of your business vision for future sustainability, meeting the present, or suggested government legislations, then the LA Academy can assist you with training.

Along with a vision for being a world-class training establishment with facilities in the UK and the Middle East, the LA Academy would like to form partnerships with other training organisations, product and equipment distributors.


With VTCT accreditation, the LA Academy will provide you with recognised qualifications from Level 2 through to Level 4, or the bespoke option designed for those looking to specialise in a particular arena e.g. skin specialist.

VTCT approved



VTCT qualifications are recognised throughout the world; support your career choices with a respected provider of world-class training.




Course Information

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Meet Our Team


Karen Shirlaw

Principal & Head Trainer (Dubai)

Shirley Daniels

Trainer, Assessor & IQA

Nicole Williams

Trainer & Assessor (Surrey)

Joanne Clayton

Trainer, Assessor & IQA (Kent)

Karen Shirlaw

Karen, who is the founder of Onsen Skin Health and Skincare by OSH, is passionate about results and ethics, in an industry driven by celebrity fads she is all about clinically proven ingredients and treatments, and managing client expectations.

Heading up the Dubai branch of the LA Academy Karen oversees client care, salon management, health and safety and quality control.  She will teach you the skills to ensure customers stay loyal and your practice reflects your values as a professional.


Shirley-Louise Daniels

Shirley brings more than 40 years’ experience in the beauty and educational industry. Gaining her experience through working in health hydro’s, spas, clinics, salons and further education colleges and training organisations.  Still having a passion for the beauty industry, she is a firm believer in keeping skills up to date, plus continually developing new ones too.

Shirley is now offering her skills and expertise to you, through sharing with you her knowledge and skills in Beauty, Aesthetics and Spa Services to assist you in developing yours.


Nicole Williams

Nicole has 17 years’ experience in the aesthetic and beauty industry. Originally qualified at the London College of Fashion in advanced beauty and cosmetic science, she has had the opportunity to work and manage medispas, spas, salons and clinics across the South-Eastern region of England. Having trained with a wide variety of skincare and cosmetic product houses, then continued by developing beauty skills in advanced aesthetic beauty treatments, she is currently working within an aesthetic clinic where there are further opportunities to develop and continue to stay in touch with the latest innovative procedures. Now wishing to share this knowledge, after qualifying to train and assess in recognised qualifications, Nicole now wishes to assist others to develop, enabling them to enter and progress in their career and skills within the beauty industry.


Joanne Clayton

Joanne brings with her 30 years of experience, in the beauty industry through working in salons, clinics, on the liners and teaching within further education colleges in the north and south of England, joins the team to support training, assessing and quality assurance.  Teaching is a passion and an opportunity to pass on the skills that she has attained through continuing to develop and keeping up to date through working with a variety of skin care houses, innovative techniques and completing the Level 4 in Beauty Therapy. Joanne wants the chance to share her skills and experiences to assist you in developing yours.