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Sydney TAFE Awards Graduates and Award Winners of Class of 2016

Sydney TAFE have tipped their (grad) cap to the next generation of hair, honouring almost 200 graduating students from their Ultimo and Sutherland campuses, and handing out some esteemed awards while they were at it. The graduation and awards ceremony was held at the education platform’s newly refurbished Turner Hall at the Sydney Ultimo campus earlier this month, hosting students, families, teachers and alumni to honour hairdressing’s latest graduating cohort.

The evening included a welcome from Donna Colombini, Head Teacher of Hairdressing & Barbering and Jane Trewin Faculty Director (newly inducted into Hair Expo’s Hairdressing Hall of Fame). Paul Frasca of Sustainable Salons Australia also presented, ensuring the next generation all enter the industry environmentally-minded. Paul discussed the importance of waste minimisation, explaining how much waste is collected from salons and how this can be harnessed and utilised for better purposes. The next presentation came courtesy of past Sydney TAFE student Shaun McGrath, who created hair art from recycled material collected by the Sustainable Salons trucks – putting Paul’s words into practice and encouraging students to become involved with the organisation in a meaningful way.

Paul Frasca and Shaun McGrath present a model

The awards presentation called out eight major prize winners across sectors of colouring, styling and cutting within both campuses. The winners received prize packs that included products from AM Williams, Complete Hair & Beauty Supplies, Dateline Imports, De Lorenzo, INSTYLE magazine, Goldwell, L’Oréal Professionnel, Lorna Evans, Nak Hair, Schwarzkopf Professional, Sharon Blain, Sustainable Salons and Sydney Salon Supplies. Megan Matijasevic was awarded Highest Overall Student and delivered the student address.

Aside from their graduating certificates, students also received the ISPN (International Professional Standards Network), which gives Certificate III qualified hairdressers a qualification recognised in five countries. This new initiative was spearheaded by Jane Trewin, and Janette Allen from the Workskills Australia Board and the Director of IPSN was at the event to make a presentation about why this qualification is so significant.

Big things are in the pipeline for these graduates – congratulations to the graduating class!

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