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Sky's the limit for star Tamworth apprentice

 Hairdressing student Hannah Mason doing the hair on a manikin head

Seventeen-year-old Tamworth hairdressing apprentice Hannah Mason may be young in terms of experience, but more than makes up for it in talent, enthusiasm and ambition.

The third year Trend Set Salon and Lions Mane Barber apprentice is already making a huge impression on the hairdressing industry, learning skills that she hopes will one day lead to exciting, life-changing opportunities around the world.

“I am hoping to continue hairdressing for a while yet – it’s a great career and is something you can take with you wherever you go,” she said. “I enjoy being creative and studying at TAFE NSW allowed me to do that as well as develop new skills.

“There is always a need for hairdressers and I take great satisfaction from helping a client feel beautiful on the outside as well as on the inside. I hope to one day use the skills that I’m learning to expand my career into fashion and beauty industries and see where that takes me.”

TAFE NSW Hairdressing Teacher Ivy-Maree Tinson believes the sky’s the limit for Hannah, who she described as a wonderfully talented and hard-working student.

“Hannah first attended TAFE in Tamworth in 2016 and successfully completed a Certificate II in Hairdressing. She then enrolled this year as a Certificate III Hairdressing student and the way she applied herself to both the theory and practical components while completing the course was exemplary,” Ms Tinson said.

“Hannah is enthusiastic, willing to learn and is very self-motivated. She’s polite and consistently shows respect to teachers, students, staff and clients, and has all of the skills to be very successful in this industry.”

Hannah encouraged anyone thinking about a career in hairdressing to consider TAFE NSW.

“My parents have taught me that you do not need a university degree to be successful. Having the option of TAFE caters for students like myself who wish to enter the workforce straight after school but need the skills to pursue the profession they enjoy,” Hannah said.

“With research revealing that TAFE NSW graduates have a higher median income and employment rate than university graduates, and the fact that the hairdressing facilities at Tamworth TAFE have just undergone a huge makeover, there’s never been a better time to consider coming to TAFE,” Regional General Manager Kate Baxter added.

Enrolments for a range of hairdressing courses for 2018 at TAFE NSW in Tamworth and across western NSW are now being accepted. For more information visit or phone 131 601.

Media contact: Luke Schuyler, TAFE NSW Media and Communications Business Partner, (02) 6393 5946, mobile 0439 536 563.