“These opportunities will set you up for life-long learning achievements.”

For 16 years, Sharan Berry has been at the leading edge of hairdressing training as a vocational education and training teacher/trainer in TAFE Queensland East Coast’s Creative Industries department.

Sharan started her career as an Australian Apprentice then worked as a manager/trainer for Stefan Hair Fashions before a 12-month stint in the UK. Later, Sharan worked as a senior/manager/part owner in a she established with a friend in Southern Sydney. This was a highly successful hair and beauty salon employing multiple apprentices and staff members.

Collaborating with industry, Sharan delivers customised courses for students and offers flexible assessments in the workplace, or on campus, in line with industry expectations and standards.

“Working with high achieving industry leaders in the hair profession, I do fully accredit many of my achievements to the fundamentals provided by my Australian Apprenticeship and Stefan Hair Fashions,” Sharan says.

“Without these high quality foundation skills I was taught during my Australian Apprenticeship, I don’t believe I would be where I am today. In particular, my Apprenticeship allowed me to learn from people who were experienced and very willing to give back and share the technical side of the hairdressing trade.”

Passionate about the future of the hairdressing industry, Sharan has been an active contributor to the improvement of the national training package for hairdressing and she has these wise words for those thinking of undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship:

“Apprenticeships can be tough at times, but the trials and rewards of completing an apprenticeship are worth all of those challenges.  It is an inspiring journey and the industry links and opportunities which come your way from an apprenticeship pathway are numerous and memorable. These opportunities will set you up for life-long learning achievements.”

Sharan was named Runner-up VET Teacher/ Trainer of the Year at the 2015 Australian Training Awards and was appointed Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador in the same year.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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