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New Hairdressing at Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute’s Cert III in Hairdressing Gets A Turbo-charged Makeover

Innovations in hairdressing education at Melbourne’s Box Hill Institute will give apprentices and trainees the most advanced training in Australia, according to Jane Trewin, the Institute’s Executive Director Educational Delivery.

Hair by Box Hill Institute educators. Hair mentor: Sharon Blain, Make up mentor: Sarah Laidlaw Stylist: Courtney Humphries Fashion Designer: Tess Whitford Photographer: Milos Mlynarik

In addition to the recent relaunch of the hairdressing faculty at the Elgar Road campus, hairdressing has been introduced at the Lilydale Lakeside campus, providing much needed training opportunities in the north-east of Melbourne.

“A new training salon at the Lilydale Lakeside campus is now operational offering hairdressing, barbering and beauty therapy courses from Certificate II to diploma level qualifications,” Jane said.

“Teachers from industry are being employed to boost engagement with hairdressers active in salon management and creative hairstyling.

“Past Hair Expo Colour Technician of the Year, Olivia Zynevych of Ohana Hairdressing and Tognini’s trained David Martin are teaching industry focused skills and knowledge to our students.

“We are also developing a program of award-winning guest hairdressers to hold look’n’learn demonstrations followed by a hands-on workshop to practice the new techniques observed.”

Box Hill Institute educator, Marcia Holt, creating one of 4 looks created in the photo shoot.

It’s not only technical training that’s been revamped.  A new model of education delivery for apprentices is under way.

Employers and apprentices will benefit from a new model of education delivery.  For starters, a workplace assessment app has been offered so apprentices can record particular hairdressing tasks completed at work as part of their assessment.  This is performance-based in a real world setting, so it alleviates the need to repeat the competency on a model in class, saving everyone time.

The emphasis on industry engagement continues with educators doing their own photo shoots under the mentorship of industry greats.  The most recent shoot was mentored by multi-award winners Sharon Blain (hairdressing) and Sarah Laidlaw (make up) along with Box Hill Institute fashion design alumna and award winner, Tess Whitford.   Courtney Humphries was the shoot stylist and the fashion photographer was Milos Mlynarik.

The revamp of the hairdressing faculty coincides with similar reinvention of the beauty and aesthetics faculty at Box Hill Institute.

For more information about hairdressing education at Box Hill Institute, please call 1300 BOX HILL or visit