Apprentice of the Year finalist Lauren Parrington (left) with her employer, Sally Clarke, of Ballina's Headroom salon.
Apprentice of the Year finalist Lauren Parrington (left) with her employer, Sally Clarke, of Ballina's Headroom salon. The Northern Star

Sally's a cut above the rest

SALLY Clarke's decision to take on apprentices as the basis of her Ballina hairdressing business has won her the North Coast's Small Business Award.

After a record number of entries from the Northern Rivers, the NSW Department of Education and Training announced the winners of the 2008 North Coast Regional Training Awards at a presentation dinner in Coffs Harbour on Friday, July 4.

Ms Clarke said she started Headroom Hair eight years ago to enhance her career, while helping to create opportunities for others.

“Training is essential for a successful business, so the time and money invested into training my staff has paid off,” she said.

“This award is my first small business award. Hopefully, we can go all the way to the State awards.”

The North Coast Regional Training Awards are held annually to recognise the hard work and dedication of the best and brightest vocational students, trainers and employers on the North Coast.

Covering a broad range of categories, seven of the 11 winners were from the Northern Rivers.

Also honored were:

  • Apprentice of the Year, Amy Morton, of South Lismore's Hutley Bros Butchery
  • School-based Apprentice of the Year, Joshua Pauling, of HGT Australia Ltd
  • Employer of the Year co-winner, Northern Co-operative Meat Co Ltd
  • Vocational School Student of the Year, Jamie Everson, of Casino RSM Club
  • Norm Beaton Memorial Award for Automotive (Mechanical), Alexander Ewart, of Laurie Predebon Truck Repairs, South Lismore
  • North Coast VET Assessor of the Year, Maureen McCullough, of TURSA, Tweed Heads.


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