Dana Pop-Banks is one-step closer to reaching her dream of becoming a hairdresser, thanks to the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program at TAFE NSW and the support of her family.
Dana’s Mother, Vicky, had already reaped the benefits of the SEE program at TAFE NSW Mudgee and encouraged Dana to follow the same path. Thanks to work experience through local business Kylie Mealing Hairdressing in Mudgee and help from TAFE NSW staff, she was able to complete the program.
TAFE NSW Mudgee Head Teacher Foundation Skills, Berni Aquilina, said when Dana commenced work experience Kylie made it clear that she would not be able to offer her an apprenticeship.
“Dana proved herself by showing initiative and within a few months Dana was signing her apprenticeship papers,” she said.
Kylie Mealing said Dana ticked all the boxes from the beginning and was the perfect fit personality wise for the business.
“Dana is a great asset to Kylie Mealing Hairdressing and I am now investing in training her in beauty therapy at TAFE NSW to offer more services and broaden her skills,” she said.
Dana Pop- Banks said working in hairdressing has given me confidence and it is such a social and fun environment. I would not be where I am now, if it wasn’t for the SEE (Program) and Berni’s connections in the industry.
“I really enjoyed being able to study with my Mum, TAFE NSW provides a friendly environment which allows you to learn and mix with people of different ages,” she said.
The SEE Program has not only inspired Dana to achieve her goals, but her Mother, Vicky, is now considering enrolling in a Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) at TAFE NSW.
The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program helps eligible jobseekers improve their education and employment skills to participate more effectively in training or the workforce.
For more information about the SEE Program at TAFE NSW visit www.tafensw.edu.auor phone 131 601.