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Tameeka Bagnara

Certificate III in Hairdressing (apprenticeship pathway)

Trained by The Parlour Hair Academy

Employed by Station 95 Hair and Beauty

Enrolled in the Certificate III in Hairdressing (apprenticeship pathway) with The Parlour Hair Academy, Tameeka is also employed with successful, family owned and operated business, Station 95 Hair and Beauty Salon.

“I am proud to be their first apprentice,” says Tameeka. “After doing work experience and a trial, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I was fascinated by the hairdressing industry once I was exposed to it and felt a real passion to become a successful stylist.”

The runner up in December 2020’s South Australian Wella Professional ‘So you think you can colour?’ competition, Tameeka has been supported by her employer her throughout her apprenticeship – taking up additional training opportunities to learn about new products and return her learning to the workplace.

“My dream for the future is to own my own successful hair and beauty salon. As a proud South Australian young Aboriginal and future entrepreneur, I would like to train and inspire other Aboriginal young people to follow a career in this industry,” she says. “Like my employer, I would like to support other Aboriginal young people in their endeavours.”

Tameeka completed the Gladys Elphick Sisterhood Foundation Leadership and Personal Development Program, which assisted her to establish her goals and identify the learning required for career success.

“Auntie Gladys Elphick was an entrepreneur and a successful inventor in her time, and a role model for Aboriginal women. My Aboriginal grandmother, who raised me, is also my role model and has inspired me to be the best I can be,” she says.

After completing her apprenticeship, Tameeka plans to study small business subjects through TAFE SA – continuing her training journey with the aim of owning her own business – as well as a qualification in makeup, positioning her to add further value to her clients.