CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Imps @ Hair Emporium's Yvette Sullivan (centre) with apprentices Courtney Cooper (left) and Lexie Sullivan.
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Imps @ Hair Emporium's Yvette Sullivan (centre) with apprentices Courtney Cooper (left) and Lexie Sullivan. Contributed

Distance study helping apprentices get ahead

HAIRDRESSING is not a job, it is a love that you live and breathe.

That's one of the pieces of advice Emerald hairdresser Yvette Sullivan would offer to anyone considering getting into the industry.

Yvette, who runs the Imps @ Hair Emporium, has her apprentices study via distance with CQUniversity and she felt it was one of the best decisions she ever made.

"Training via distance worked well for me and my apprentices as they can study when they have time and undertake their 'prac' work in the salon on a day-to-day basis and then have their theory work and 'pracs' signed off when they are on campus,” she said.

"It is a huge help to have (teachers) Kellie Donovan and Vicki Crooks come and visit from Rockhampton as they are very one-on-one, which enables us to get more work completed and saves us a lot of money in apprentice travel expenses and time.

"I currently have an apprentice doing her Certificate 3 and she is very happy to go into Rockhampton as she gets great support from Kellie and Vicki and interacts with the other students.”

Yvette said her salon was more like a family, nurturing relationships not only with clients but between the staff.

"If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life,” she said.


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