For TAFE at School students and medallists Chloe Hatchman and Kadek Decalphanie, the 2019 regional WorldSkills hairdressing competition was a chance to not only show off their skills but to also gain more experience.

Chloe and Kadek, from Downlands College and Centenary State High School respectively, currently attend TAFE one day per week as part of the TAFE at School program to complete their Certificate II in Salon Assistant (SHB20216)

For bronze medal winner Kadek, her love for hairdressing is in her veins and the WorldSkills competition was all about experience.

"I look up to my mum, she’s a hairdresser and I have been watching her do stuff and hair over the years and I’ve just fell in love with it," she said.

"The WorldSkills competition for me was all for the experience and to see what I could bring up to the table in comparison to the other competitors. Also it’s really good for the future, with the people who want to hire me as a hairdresser as they will know I’ve been involved in these competitions."

The first stage of the WorldSkills competition was intense with the students required to complete a variety of tasks within a given timeframe.

"Firstly we had to bring in a live client, wash their hair, blow dry and style it," said silver medalist Chloe.

"Then we had two braids to do, one which was a picture which we were given and we had to recreate it and one we got to do our own braid in any style we chose," she continued. 

"There were a few girls that were really good and the competition was pretty tough, but it's given us all more experience and will take me to new places."

All the students performed incredibly well and the judges made many positive comments in regards to the students enthusiasm, determination and incredibly high level of skill. Danielle Busiko from the Australian Christian College in Moreton took out the Gold medal and is now eligible to compete in the national competition in 2020.


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