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TAFE NSW giving First Nations job seekers in Casino foot in the door to career in hair and beauty


TAFE NSW giving First Nations job seekers in Casino foot in the door to career in hair and beauty

TAFE NSW has partnered up with a local Casino barber to deliver a new course giving Aboriginal job seekers the chance to kick start a career in the hair and beauty industry.

The Introduction to Hair and  Beauty Skill Set course has recently been delivered to a group of students using the TAFE NSW Mobile Hair and Beauty Training Unit.

Students completed two accredited units designed to introduce them to both hair and beauty work, to see what interests them. If students discover they have a passion for the work, they can progress to a traineeship or apprenticeship in hairdressing, barbering or beauty.

TAFE NSW graduate and owner of Black Comb Barbershop, Michael Day, supports the training as an industry guest speaker, sharing stories from his journey and benefits to working in the industry.

Michael says his collaboration with TAFE NSW allows him to stay connected to the future workers of his industry and expand his team of skilled barbers.

“I’ve had four apprentices from TAFE NSW and I know they’ve received the same high quality hands-on training I received from experienced teachers I know are passionate about the industry,” Mike said.

“It’s so important to connect with young people contemplating their future and taster courses like this are a great way to introduce them to the main concepts.

“Participating in these initiatives bridges the gap between training and industry. It means I can network with potential employees for my business and it gives students a foot in the door with local industry connections.

“It’s a real privilege to be in a position to help guide someone’s future and being able to share my own experiences and the pathways I’ve taken that have led me to owning a successful business. I chose this industry because I have a passion for making people feel good about themselves and it’s such a rewarding job – you can really turn a person’s day around by giving them a good haircut.”

TAFE NSW Hairdressing and Barbering Teacher Abby Hughes says the course gives people a chance to see what sparks their interest and understand the skills required to do the job.

“The Introduction to Hair and Beauty Skill Set course is designed to give students a clear pathway to a rewarding career in this exciting industry,” Abby said.

​​​​​​​“There are so many local opportunities available in the Casino area. Through this course, and the utilisation of our Mobile Training Unit, which is designed to support our simulated practical training, we can connect job seekers to the right people to take the next step in their career.”

“Having Michael on board as a guest speaker has helped demonstrate the pathways available in this industry – not just in barbering, but also hairdressing and beauty. It is a rewarding industry to be part of, with a vibrant local network and exciting career opportunities.”


Media contact: Lauren McAllister, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist,, 02 7920 5000.