Gympie salon owner Alisha Newman has returned to the TAFE Queensland campus where she kick started her own career to provide hands-on training to the region’s next generation of beauty therapists.

Local salon owner and TAFE Queensland beauty graduate Alisha Newman has recently begun teaching the Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics (SHB20116) at TAFE Queensland’s Gympie campus, where she will spend the next 12 months sharing her extensive knowledge with excited students looking to pursue a career in boosting others’ confidence.

Alisha said she was looking forward to helping local students achieve their career goals.

“I really love sharing my passion; over the years I’ve seen how proud my apprentices get when they achieve new things, and it’s a proud moment for me too,” Alisha said.

“I have a bunch of really fun young people who are eager to learn, so I’m looking forward to helping them find that creative spark and watching their skills develop.”

Alisha said she has loved experimenting with hair and beauty from a young age, but it wasn’t until she was offered a job with a local salon in Year 9 that she properly considered it for a career.

“I’ve always loved everything about fashion, hair and make-up. I can remember playing with my dolls’ hair and putting pegs in my grandad’s hair as if they were rollers,” she said.

“When I got to high school though, I felt like there was this unwritten expectation that you need to go to university."

“But then a job opportunity came up and I liked the idea of having the freedom and money to do and buy what I wanted. I was offered an apprenticeship at the end of Year 9 and I loved it – by the start of Year 11 I left school because I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do.”

Alisha began studying hairdressing at TAFE Queensand’s Gympie campus in 2001 and went on to open her own business, Envy Hair Design and Spa, in 2008. In 2014 she decided to return to study, undertaking a Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SHB50115) at TAFE Queensland’s Hervey Bay campus so she could add spa services to her business.

“I loved my teacher at TAFE Queensland. She is such a wealth of knowledge and is still my go-to now for advice,” Alisha said.

“She inspired me to keep learning and to pass on my knowledge, which I do with my own apprentices and school-based trainees, and which I’m looking forward to doing with these students.”

TAFE Queensland Faculty Director of Creative and Digital, Angela Lisle said that Alisha was a welcome addition to the Gympie campus.

“Having studied through TAFE Queensland herself, Alisha is an example of the outcomes these students can achieve in the beauty industry,” Angela said.

“Alisha began her career in Gympie and has gone on to run her own successful local business in an area she is incredibly passionate about.”


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