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Being ‘job ready’ is about having practical experience to test your skills, try new things and learn and develop to reach your full potential.

Explore Your Work Interests

For Minchinbury SLES (School Leaver Employment Support) trainee, Myra, working in the hair care industry is what interests her the most. So SLES trainers went about supporting Myra to seek out skills development programs to achieve her goal of working in a salon.

Since February this year, she has been developing her skills and experience in the hair care industry through training at TAFE. She has been working towards her Certificate II in Salon Assistance. She has been attending TAFE independently and working on the skills of washing hair and other hair stylist duties.

Gain Practical Experience

As part of her studies, Myra is required to complete assessments. In order to prepare for her TAFE assessments, Myra took some time during SLES training to practice her skills. Using her nickname from fellow trainees, Myra created her own Pop-up business called ‘Myracorn’s Hair Salon’.

Her salon setup included a sign for her store, a homemade basin, hair products and salon equipment. Myra also enlisted the help of trainee, Annalise, to be her receptionist and book in appointments to get the full salon experience.

Myra had a very happy customer in our trainee, Michael, who was treated to a shampoo and condition, a scalp massage, and having his hair blow dried. Other trainees had fun admiring Michael’s freshly washed locks.

Build Your Confidence

After practicing her skills through her pop-up salon, Myra was ready to take on her first practical assessment at TAFE. SLES trainer, Sharon, was only too happy to put her hand up to be Myra’s trial customer for a wash, treatment and blow-dry at Kingswood TAFE. Myra did a great job on the day and thoroughly enjoys her work and continues to develop her skills. Myra’s next task will be to learn to apply hair colour, which she is very excited to give a go!

For Myra, this experience has given her greater confidence in her abilities to work in the hair dressing industry and has helped her to gain a TAFE qualification to progress towards her goals.

Find out more about how Afford Employment and the SLES program can support you to achieve your work goals.