Newstead VET students let their hair down and competed in a hairdressing competition during National Skills Week with winners declared in both the fantasy and evening sections.
Agent from Pure and a judge for the competition Ingrid Dedman said it was hugely important to have things like the competition.
“It is incredibly important because it’s just wonderful to see the enthusiasm it breeds,” she said.
“Realistically these guys need to be enthusiastic about what they are doing so they can enter into the industry positively.”
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Ms Dedman said she was excited to see what the girls had created and that she felt they had really embraced the multiculturalism in the school this year.
“I feel that they become more brave every year,” she said.
Winner of the evening section Kadiesha Peck, 16, said the competition and the class was great as it allowed students to practice different types of hairstyles.
Georgina Murdoch, year 11, said the competition applied pressure so students were more prepared for what needs to be achieved when they eventually move to a career in the industry.
Retail cosmetics and salon assistant teacher Sharon Turner said students were only given an hour and a half to complete their look.
“I like to do this because if they go on to TAFE they do competitions there as well and it helps to prepare them,” she said.
“I like them to have a little bit of that nervous energy and excitement because life has that, and tomorrow they will all wake up with that ‘we achieved this’ feeling.”
Ms Turner said VET courses were important as the certificate gained in the industry does help students move on to apprenticeships.
“We really want to celebrate VET in schools because they can see if they want to do it long term or whether it’s just a taster,” she said.
Ms Turner quoted one of the National Skills Week messages and said,”VET in schools increases the likelihood of an early entry to full-time work, pathways, and training”.
Ms Turner said the competition also helped students strengthen communication and team building skills.
The fantasy section winner was Romana Sutherland, 16.