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Hairdressing apprentices in Shoalhaven will no longer have to travel
to Wollongong to learn their trade.
In a first for the region, TAFE NSW Nowra is offering Certificate III
in Hairdressing to apprentices and Certificate III in Beauty Services
The timing of the course aligns with the NSW Government’s
announcement last year of 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships.
According to the Australian Industry Skills Committee a growing
population and an increasing trend in male grooming have increased
demand in hairdressing and beauty over the past five years.
Nationally, hair and beauty is a $7 billion industry employing more
than 76,000 people. Industry revenue is expected to increase over the
next 12 months, good news for the more than 20 hairdressing and
barbering businesses in Nowra.
Until now, only high school students who accessed TAFE NSW Delivered
Vocational Education and Training (TVET) were able to study
hairdressing at TAFE NSW Nowra.
Scruples Hair and Beauty owner Sandra Bayer completed her
apprenticeship more than 20 years ago, and was awarded the TAFE NSW
Apprentice of the Year. This year she will celebrate 25-years owning
one of the Shoalhaven’s leading hairdressing businesses. “In our
25-years in business we have enrolled 60 apprentices through TAFE
NSW,” Mrs Bayer said.
“Local access to this training for apprentices from Nowra and
Ulladulla is great news.” Mrs Bayer said while her apprentices were
enrolled in TAFE NSW they had the benefit of learning from teachers
who work directly with industry.
“The teachers are connected to the industry and keep up with the
changing methods and trends – over the years I’ve seen the evidence of
this training in my apprentices when they’re working at the salon.
“In an industry that is constantly changing, it’s important to have
training that is ahead of the curve,” Mrs Bayer said.
TAFE NSW Hairdressing and Barbering Head Teacher Jenelle Charlton is
looking forward to growing the training in the Shoalhaven. With 30
years in the industry and having coached a number of WorldSkills
competitors, she is passionate about professionalism in the trade.
She said with the growth of the region the time was right for
expansion, and to show how TAFE NSW had evolved in training delivery,
as businesses had evolved.
“TAFE NSW teachers train employees from some of the region’s most
respected salons,” Ms Charlton said. These are very professional and
busy salons and their owners’ value training as an integral part of
“Yes, we have our own impressive facilities where hairdressing
students attend, but there are also students who undertake a blended
style of training where they mix workplace, online and on campus
study,” she said. To find out more about new courses at TAFE NSW Nowra
or to enrol for semester one 2019, phone 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au.
Media contact: Adam Wright, TAFE NSW Media Officer, 4421 9895,
mobile 0466 375 552.