TAFE commits to hairdressing

CUTTING EDGE: From left, Headroom Studio of Hair workers Sarah Gill, Cassie Turnbull, Amy Farrell, Eddie Hughes MP, Carolyn Leslie, Shanille Hopkins (former) and Hannah Blayney.
CUTTING EDGE: From left, Headroom Studio of Hair workers Sarah Gill, Cassie Turnbull, Amy Farrell, Eddie Hughes MP, Carolyn Leslie, Shanille Hopkins (former) and Hannah Blayney.

TAFE SA will continue to deliver hair and beauty programs, including hairdressing, in Whyalla next year following pressure from the community to reverse planned cuts to the program.

It comes as they release their Draft Regional Plan, which reveals significant enrolment growth from Whyalla in engineering, hospitality, business, community services and healthcare industry areas.

In a statement, TAFE SA Chief Executive David Coltman said enrolments in hairdressing programs for apprentice students from Whyalla would remain open in 2022.

"TAFE SA is committed to continuing delivery of Hair and Beauty programs to students in Whyalla," he said.

However, when asked if the lecturers for the course would be based in Whyalla, Mr Coltman provided the following response.

"The home location of lecturers that may deliver to Whyalla students may include staff from other regional centres locations and/or Adelaide," he said.

"This will be determined by the levels of student and industry demand in Whyalla and other regions, and the availability of staff."

Member for Giles Eddie Hughes, who has been campaigning to keep the hairdressing course in Whyalla, said it was important that TAFE could provide local training for apprentices.

"It's always a step backwards when you have to source trainers from Adelaide...but the important part is that we do retain it, it's good to see the pressure is working," he said.

"If we're going to have the full compliment of training here in Whyalla that will be great."

Meanwhile, TAFE's Draft Regional Plan focuses on a series of key fundamentals:

  • Building collaborative relationships including with other registered training organisations
  • Sharing resources and facilities to support demand
  • Understanding workforce demand and aligning courses specific to industry needs and
  • Increased scope and access to Award Qualifications and Short Courses through face to face learning and digital platforms.

With the new Whyalla Secondary School set to open next year, Mr Coltman said TAFE would continue to support students to identify and implement pathways from school through to employment.

"TAFE SA will continue to adapt and respond to the education and training needs of communities throughout regional South Australia and specific courses, that are relevant to each region, will continue to be a key part of regional delivery," he said.

"Managers from our Education Partnerships team are based across regional South Australia, including in Whyalla, and have a thorough understanding of both local training needs and also courses available.

"Our staff are closely engaged with local communities across the state to understand local training needs and requirements.

"This includes working closely with local schools, group training organisations, councils, businesses, job network providers and the broader community."