Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Life is beautiful for Lily

From an early age Lily Campbell was keen to pursue a career in the beauty industry. Not wanting to be a ‘beauty school dropout’ in Year 10, she held back, unsure whether to leave school or not. But then in Year 11 fate stepped in in the guise of a hair and beauty information session. “I went along and I was hooked,” said Lily.  “It was goodbye Year 12 and hello apprenticeship.”

Clearly it was the right decision, attested to by her many achievements to date: the Academic Achievement award for Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy 2014, the Hair and Beauty Excellence Award for TAFE Riverina in 2014 and her nomination for the Apprentice of the Year Award in 2014. To cap these off, most recently Lily won a Gold Medal at the 2016 WorldSkills national competition.

“Being a member of the 2017 Skills Squad and training for a position with the Skillaroos to compete in the International WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi is a real privilege and very exciting,” said Lily. “It is full on. At the moment my training is only one full day a week and three nights a week, but as the competition draws closer my training will become much more intense. I love it though, I have a goal and I'm determined to achieve it!

“Shortly, I'm off to the UK to take part in a competition over there as practice for the International Competition. It's awesome that I get to travel while practising my trade! I hope all my hard work does pay off and I am selected into the 2017 Australian Skillaroos to compete in Abu Dhabi.”

Lily’s pathway to success began with her studies at TAFE Riverina Wagga Wagga and work at her mum’s salon, Mink Hair and Beauty. She is highly appreciative of her TAFE teachers and her ‘boss’ (Mum) for helping her to get where she is today. “My TAFE teachers were really devoted to their job and were super helpful. And having a supportive boss is really important—they help apprentices to be their best and in turn that’s best for their business.”

Lily says she would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to others. “It might seem quite scary and the money isn’t great initially but it’s totally worth doing the hard yards. As my experience shows, there are so many opportunities. Down the track I want to do some more study with a view to one day having my own business like my Mum. It’s been great for her and I know it will be great for me.”

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