Last time it was agriculture, now students at TAFE are trying their hand at beauty therapy as part of the federal government’s PPIF Participation Phase Initiative to get high school students engaged through a vocational course.
“I hope it gives them an idea of what is out there in terms of a career or further study,” TAFE teacher Lindy Whale said.
The 15 to 16-year-old students will obtain a Certificate I in Access Work and Training and a Certificate II in Demonstrated Retail Skin Care Products and Designing and Applying Makeup.
They will also have access to course work on literacy, numbers and computers as a joint venture between faculties.
Teacher Bron Davis said that whether or not the students pursued a career in beauty, the course helped with self-esteem and presentation skills.
“I try to give them all my knowledge and enjoy teaching what I love,” she said.
Ms Davis says the
appeal of the industry comes down to the fun of fashion, hair, makeup and ‘being girly’.
“The extent of magazines out there is different today. There’s more of it than when I was growing up.
“I also tell the girls that it is not a realistic representation of what beauty is; that is something that is different for everyone.”