Townsville teenager Keegan Klupp is getting the most out of his high school studies by attending TAFE Queensland once a week during the school term.

Keegan Klupp is participating in TAFE at School along with more than 890 Year 11 and 12 students across North and Far North Queensland, and said he is enjoying his Certificate II in Salon Assistant (SHB20216).

“I like watching hair tutorials on YouTube and I always thought that hairdressing would be a great career option for me,” Keegan said.

“My parents are really happy that I’m doing this training and I definitely think that TAFE at School will help me to get a head start on my career,” he said.

Hairdressing is an appealing career option for a young jobseeker with over 6,000 job openings a year predicted between 2018-2023, according to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook data.

Furthermore, The New Work Reality report from the Foundation for Young Australians highlights that gaining relevant work experience and finding employment in a growing sector are key factors that can accelerate the transition from full-time education to full-time work.

Keegan said that he likes that his TAFE at School studies are providing him with hands-on skills.

“So far I’ve learned a lot about shampooing and basin services as well as how to blow dry hair and do basic styling,” Keegan said.

“I’m really looking forward to continuing my studies and learning more about cutting hair and the right techniques to use,” he said.

TAFE Queensland Acting General Manager Tim Campbell said TAFE at School graduates receive a nationally recognised certificate qualification.

“Employers value initiative and may favour recruiting workers who have completed independent training and demonstrate a genuine interest in their industry,” Mr Campbell said.

“Gaining a qualification through TAFE at School shows a potential employer that you have foundation skills and may not require as much onboarding compared to other candidates who don’t have the same training,” he said.


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