Enrolments to the Certificate IV Hairdressing course at Sydney TAFE for qualified hairdressers have seen a boost by more than 800 per cent – and when you see what initiatives the course now includes, you’ll understand why.


This developed program and accordingly increased enrolment is all thanks to Sydney TAFE educator Donna Colombini, who has justifiably been awarded for her efforts. Donna has taken out this year’s Southern and South Western region 2016 NSW Training Awards VET Trainer and Teacher of the Year award, the winner of which was selected from all fields in the VET Sector for TAFE and private RTOs. Donna stood out from this impressive pool of educators with her skills as both a teacher and leader. She has utilised these talents in a long career as a hairdresser initially and then a TAFE educator for the past 16 years.

“I have a strong commitment to the industry and this is reflected through my teaching, leadership of a teaching team and the students we teach,” Donna shared. “It is of the utmost importance that my teaching section gives the best possible education and training through quality teaching and learning practices.”

Donna Colombini

Donna’s recent successes in the industry include leading a study tour of Sydney TAFE Hairdressing students to the international Cosmoprof event and implementing a new app-based workplace assessment models for various beauty courses.

Also on her agenda are the changes to the Certificate IV Hairdressing course in Sydney that have seen such a major change in entry and intake. These changes have included big name educators in 2016, including Emiliano Vitale for cutting , Olivia Zynevych for colour, and Lorna Evans for various long hair courses. Additionally, Benni Tognini (women’s cutting), Jules Tognini (men’s cutting), Sharon Blain (long hairstyling) and Caterina Di Biase (colour) will present the current course. These classes are presented in a look and learn format and then workshopped by the students. Although these courses are based in Sydney, anyone is welcome to travel down and experience it for themselves.

“Winning this award means the world to me,” Donna said of her recent success. “My everyday practise is to engage with other professionals within Sydney TAFE and the wider industry, as those networks and industry contacts bring a richness to my teaching and learning practices.”

For more information visit www.sydneytafe.edu.au