Ipswich State High School students Jacquie Kracht and Chloe McCoombes, both 17, have been snapped up by Stefan’s Hairdressing Salons.
Ipswich State High School students Jacquie Kracht and Chloe McCoombes, both 17, have been snapped up by Stefan’s Hairdressing Salons. Claudia Baxter

Students making the cut

IPSWICH State High School hair and beauty students are being snapped up by local hairdressers for apprenticeship positions.

Principal Simon Riley said the school is seeing an unprecedented demand for students of the school's unique program.

The three-year program is in its third year, and allows students to practise their styling skills at an on-campus training salon, as well as a commercial salon in Ipswich.

"This year's been exceptional," Mr Riley said.

"We're all about getting students employable, whether it's at a trade or academic level, and this is a great result."

VET co-ordinator Nicole Sherlock said three local hairdressing houses had approached the school and had snapped up seven students to date, with applications invited for three more positions.

Ms Sherlock said it was fantastic to see her students walk straight into jobs.

"It's awesome; it's so good to know that they won't finish school and not know what to do," Ms Sherlock said.

"They have a bright future and they have direction when they finish school."

Student Jacquie Kracht is happy to have landed a job at Stefan's.

"It was the best feeling ever to find out that I got a job at such a big, brand-name company," Jacquie said.

Ms Sherlock said seven jobs were secured from seven interviews, giving the students a 100% application success rate.

She said the tailored course taught students highly sought-after skills.

"With our hairdressing certificates, we teach the program a little bit out of the box," she said.

"We choose to teach some extras that we have found employers really look for in apprentices.

"The students learn up-styles, setting and rolling perms from Year 10, which are skills that are usually taught in the third year of apprenticeships."

As an independent registered training organisation, ISHS has about 110 students enrolled in Certificates II and III in hair and beauty studies.

It is the only school in Australia to offer the program, and the only school to run a commercial salon, Ms Sherlock said.

About 10% of the school's students study hair and beauty.



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