Emu Park hairdresser keen to take jobs pledge
EMU Park's Aliesha Smith can remember the days when she was sweeping up snippets of hair on the floor and learning the difference between foils and streaks.
Now, 10 years later, she's the owner of her own hairdressing salon, Unleashed Hair and Boutique in Emu Park, and she's wanting to give someone else the same opportunity she was given all those years ago.
Aliesha is one of the 13 business owners in the region who yesterday pledged to take on an apprentice next year as part of CTC's Million Dollar Job Pledge.
She said she couldn't think of a better way to help a young person get a head start in their career.
"I first started my apprenticeship when I was 23 and it was fantastic," she said.
"Completing an apprenticeship is so important because it's all about the experience you get when you work in a salon and the skills you learn that you can take with you throughout your career. I've owned my own business now for three and a half years and I'll be
putting on my first full-time apprentice next year.
"The young Emu Park girl has been my school-based apprentice for the past year and has decided to leave school to start full-time work so she's very excited.
"I didn't expect the business to grow as fast as it has but there's definitely a need for a full-time apprentice in the salon along with my senior hairdresser so business is booming."
Aliesha said she was excited to be on board with the local campaign to get young people into the workforce.
"I think any incentive to get young people into apprenticeships or traineeships is a great thing," she said.
CTC manager Darryl Lapworth said he had received a really positive response from the community after the CTC Million Dollar Job Pledge was announced last week.
"We had a really good turnout yesterday in Yeppoon and we've had a number of inquires about the pledges," he said.
"We have 13 pledges so far and we've still got the Rockhampton session to go so we're very excited about the way it's going. We've worked out that we'd need between 27 and 33 job pledges to reach our million dollar goal."
Rockhampton: Tomorrow at 7am at the CQ Leagues Club
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CTC have received 13 pledges from local businesses who plan to put on apprentices next year
The 13 pledges equate to $370,000 worth of wages