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When Gosford local Scott Lampitt escorted his grandmother for a haircut, he didn't expect a two-for-one deal - book a haircut, gain an apprenticeship.
Already working towards a Certificate II in Salon Assistant at TAFE NSW Gosford, Mr Lampitt took a chance to ask if the salon was currently hiring, while his Nan enjoyed a pampering session.
Within a week of interviewing for the position, he had officially started an apprenticeship at Great Cuts Hair and Beauty in Gosford, living his dream.
Hairdressing has been a long-held passion for the 29-year-old, who was inspired to finally follow his passion following his Nan's Alzheimers Dementia diagnosis last year.
"Life is too short; you should be doing something you love," said Mr Lampitt.
"During Covid especially, there was a lot of time to reflect on where I was heading, did I like my job? I realised I hadn't given hairdressing a chance."
With male hairdressers only making up 15% of the industry[i], Mr Lampitt says people may find hairdressing a surprising career choice.
"Hair is a form of expression, and I wanted to be creative and also help people to feel better about themselves," said Mr Lampitt.
"My TAFE NSW teachers are so helpful and full of knowledge; it's fun and doesn't feel like your learning."
TAFE NSW Head Teacher Kim Koopman says the Certificate II in Salon Assistant is a great way to explore hairdressing as a career pathway that appeals to employers looking for apprentices.
"There is a shortage of skilled hairdressers in the industry; Scott is a great example of the opportunities available for anyone thinking of reskilling or changing up their careers," said Ms Koopman.
"With the extension of the Federal Government's Boosting Apprenticeships Wage Subsidy until September 2021, now is the perfect time for salons to consider how apprenticeships could fill skills gaps or expand their businesses."
For more information on Hairdressing, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.
Media contact: Kelly Lawler, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist.