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Study fees waived to bolster hairdressing, beauty and barbering workforce


Student fees are being waived for those keen to study hairdressing, beauty and barbering in an effort to help out Territory employers and apprentices.

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is offering the free courses in Semester 2 for Certificate III in those fields to entice more students to pursue the professions.

Existing apprentices enrolling in new units will also have their fees waived.

While employers will no longer have to pay their apprentices' trade school education fees, students will have to fund their tools and learning resources.

Team Leader of Hair and Beauty Services Tim Francis says the move will help create a pipeline of workers ready to fill vital roles.

“For some businesses, the decision to take a new apprentice is a difficult one and the education costs associated with trade school often play a significant part in the decision-making process,” Mr Francis says.

“We know that fees may deter businesses from taking on new apprentices, which in turn may slow down workforce recovery efforts, which is why we are removing the barriers and making it easier on businesses and apprentices.”

“There is a huge shortage of hairdressers, barbers and beauty professionals in the Territory, so the more students we can get into study, the more we can get out to industry and fill the gaps.”

Asia Pacific College of Business and Law Dean, David Low says CDU acknowledges the challenges in recent times.

“The last couple of years have been very hard on the hair and beauty industries and Charles Darwin University would like to help assist in the recovery,” Professor Low said.

“Education through the apprenticeships program plays a vital role in maintaining a constant stream of new talent to the Hair, Barbering and Beauty industries across the Territory.”

All of the courses are offered at CDU’s Palmerston and Alice Springs campuses have training salons that mimic a real-life environment. 

The salons are open to the community and locals wanting to support the training and education of students can book an appointment via https://bit.ly/3nfQeuw