Fifteen-year-old Madison Cockram and 16-year-old Hayden Ellis were excited to start their new careers as hairdressers after the help of Southern Downs Industry Education Association.
Fifteen-year-old Madison Cockram and 16-year-old Hayden Ellis were excited to start their new careers as hairdressers after the help of Southern Downs Industry Education Association.

Hayden's keen to be a hairdresser

HAYDEN Ellis is leading the way as the first male school-based apprentice hairdresser and employee at Hair Together in Warwick.

With their whole future ahead of them, Hayden, along with Madison Cockram, couldn’t wait to get started as they signed up for a career in colour, cutting and styling on Friday.

They are the new additions to Clare Jeffries’ Hair Together, at Rose City Shoppingworld, and Hayden couldn’t believe he was finally starting on his dream career.

“It feels awesome. I think it’s something I have always wanted to do,” 16-year-old Hayden said.

“I’ll open it up for other males and give them the confidence. It makes me nervous though, I’m always going to have critics.”

Southern Downs Industry Education Association (SDIEA) office manager Natalie Perrett helped the two students into their desired professions. They will now study at Warwick High School and work one to two days at the salon.

“Clare Jeffries (Hair Together owner) has been a great supporter of our organisation with school-based trainees for many years. Clare was looking for young people and these two students were the two most suitable at this stage,” Ms Perrett said.

It was a very successful week for SDIEA last week as they signed six students up into school-based-apprenticeships through which they can focus on their careers and still achieve a senior certificate.

Fifteen-year-old Madison couldn’t believe her luck when she signed her contract on Friday after years of knowing it was what she wanted to do.

“It’s really exciting it all happened so quick ... I wanted to be a hairdresser for a while I just didn’t know how to do it,” Madison said.

“It’s just the whole thing. I love it when you get your hair done – the atmosphere and everything.”

Hayden made up his mind this was what he wanted to do after doing work experience with his sister. He hopes this beginning will lead him to being a stylist cutter in his own salon in Sydney.

“The atmosphere is fun and interesting, that’s what draws you in. I can’t wait to get started,” he said.



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