Barbering students connect with community

November 30, 2023 BY

The Gordon barbering student Sean Williamson is enjoying undertaking his course and said he’s loving the experience.

IF you’re seeking a career that offers an excellent work-life balance, growth opportunities, and the chance to travel the world, a career in the hair industry might be just what you need.

Whether you aspire to be a hairdresser or a barber, the hair industry can provide an ideal balance between work and personal life.

Studying a course in the hair industry offers a fulfilling career and provides universally accredited life skills.

Imagine a career where you get to help others feel beautiful and confident while working in an ever-evolving industry.

The Gordon’s Certificate III in Barbering students recently participated in a barbering pop-up event with MatchWorks, gaining real-world experience and an opportunity to give back to the community.

“Matchworks is delighted to highlight our collaboration with The Gordon TAFE in 2023 through the Free Haircuts Day initiative delivered at four Matchworks locations within the Geelong region this year,” said Brendan Chandler, employer engagement partner at MatchWorks.

“The active participation of students, guided by Gordon TAFE trainer Ben Pratt, has been instrumental in the program’s success, enhancing the experience of our participants with disabilities as they re-enter the workforce.”

Practical experience is the key to building skills and The Studio at The Gordon’s City Campus is fully equipped to give students and customers alike the feeling of working in a real salon, with the keen eye of the Gordon teachers to guide and oversee the appointment.

“Studying to be a barber has been a great experience,” said Sean Williamson, Gordon barbering student. “The best part is learning the skills, especially the scissor work.

“The experience with Matchworks is a win-win! A lot of people come out really enjoying it and loving the experience. They come in and leave feeling a million bucks and are really grateful.”

With hands-on learning, students can work alongside experienced professionals, gain valuable insights, and hone their skills with real clients in a real work environment.

That invaluable experience helps build confidence and develop practical skills.

“There is a real demand for skilled barbers,” said Ben Pratt, barbering teacher at The Gordon.

“At The Studio, we teach specialist barbering skills for men, including cutting, freehand clipper work, and facial hair maintenance.

“Embarking on a career in hair can be daunting, but starting with a Certificate II in Salon Assistance sets you up with the foundational skills and knowledge needed for success.

“This comprehensive program equips you with the essential techniques and industry insights to enable you to excel in your craft and confidently pursue an apprenticeship.

“There has never been a better time to become a barber; we are always busy. And I am always so keen to pass on everything I know to the next generation of barbers.”

Barbering and hairdressing professions offer endless opportunities to showcase creativity and skills.

Don’t miss out on the chance to embark on an exciting journey in the world of hair.

To find out more, visit thegordon.edu.au/hairdressing or book into an upcoming information session.