Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group recently welcomed TAFE NSW to Gloucester for the start of a fee-free hair and beauty taster course.
The three-week course was designed to give individuals considering a career in hair and beauty a taste of the industry, and an entry point to further tertiary study.
The training was hands-on and interactive, and was facilitated by TAFE trainers, Deborah Powell and Laura Vidulich, who passed on skills in skin care, make up techniques; manicures and pedicures; hair care and hair styling.
Laying the foundations to tap into TAFE NSW's extensive facilities and resources locally is an exciting development which will hopefully lead to further TAFE NSW courses being available in Gloucester.
BWNG Training Coordinator, Erin Lute understands the challenges of accessing education away from metropolitan areas.
''It can be really tough for residents of regional areas such as Gloucester to gain a tertiary education or re-train for a new career," Erin said. "The tertiary education options in country areas are often quite limited."
BWNG hopes that partnerships with RTOs such as TAFE NSW will help to boost employment prospects for local residents.
''To be able to help school leavers, young people and those struggling with unemployment to prepare for the jobs that are available would just be so valuable to the community."