He’ll be a cut above rest

CHESTER Hill High School student, Mokhalad Al-Ajwadi (pictured) always knew he wanted to be a barber and now with the help of the TAFE NSW Bankstown Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) Barbering Program, he has the skills to turn his dream into a career.

The eight day program, saw 10 students from Chester Hill High School, learn a broad range of barbering services, including cutting, styling and customer service skills in a simulated hair salon at TAFE NSW Bankstown.
Aiming to engage young people who are at risk of disengaging from school, the program provided students with the employability and foundational skills to encourage them to re-engage in their studies.
Mr Al-Ajwadi who works part time at Alex Barber Salon in Bass Hill, said; “Ever since I was young I’ve always wanted to be a barber. I like everything about barbering, it’s a form of art that I’m creating with someone’s hair.”
TAFE NSW Hairdressing Teacher Teresa Britton said,: “The YES Barbering Program aims to help students re-engage with learning, by exploring further education and training options available at TAFE NSW.
“During the two weeks, students learn a range of practical skills in our hairdressing salons, showing them what it’s like to work in a barber shop.”
Finishing Year 10 at the end of the year, Mr Al-Ajwadi plans to begin his barbering apprenticeship and enrol in a Certificate III in Barbering at TAFE NSW Bankstown in 2020.
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