A flair for hair and beauty with The Gordon

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A flair for hair and beauty with The Gordon

Words by Staff Writer

Do you know your cat eye from your Twiggy? Is contouring on your radar? Do you have a flair for hair?

If you are passionate about the hair or beauty industry or have a curiosity for both hairdressing and makeup artistry, The Gordon have you sorted! Introducing their Certificate II in Salon Assistant course, which offers you the best of both worlds and helps you to decide which path is right for you. The best part (not the centre or side parts of the hair styling) is that it is entirely free! Under the Victorian Government framework, eligible students will only need to pay for materials and resources to undertake the certification.

The purpose of offering this dynamic course is to give budding beauticians and hairdressers a taste of both professions.

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“During the program, you can try out a variety of professions in the hair and beauty industry, knowing your qualification will give you multiple pathways for employment or further studies. Salon Assistant graduates have the opportunity to continue studies in their preferred area. This course is an excellent way to start your career and prepare you for a hairdressing or barbering apprenticeship, or beauty traineeship,” says Jacinta Ramsay, The Gordon’s new Hair and Beauty Program Lead.

As with all courses at The Gordon, students are given both theoretical and practical learning, with the Salon Assistant course offering hands-on learning to get students job ready.

“Learn real-skills you need to work in a busy hair salon or day spa. Working and learning within The Gordon’s very own salon ‘The Studio’ will teach you shampooing and basin service techniques, how to communicate and prepare clients for services, basic hair styling, and product knowledge,” says Ramsay.


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The course is also delivered by industry experienced and practicing professionals, ensuring that the translation of study to work is accurate.

Ramsay explains, “Our industry experienced teachers are extremely dedicated to the success of each student. They deliver real-world training in the classroom to set you up for career success. We’re also connected within local salons in the Geelong region and surrounding areas, which helps you prepare for work placements and set yourself up for career success.”

In addition to gaining significant industry knowledge flexible to both study and workplace, the course is also adapted for flexibility in contact hours. 


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“With just two study days per week, and the option to complete the course as a subject through school, you can become a qualified Salon Assistant in as little as six-months. Our students also love the opportunity to take on a work placement and earn money while they’re learning – with Free TAFE, it’s a win, win for your bank account.”

Course applications for mid-year intake are now open. Start your career in hair or beauty today at thegordon.edu.au.