The 2014 Regional Apprentice of the Year cuts a pretty good figure when it comes to train-ing and workplace dedication.
But Kay Jeffrey of Tamworth is also a cut above the rest when it comes to community contribution and volunteering.
Kay was named the leading apprentice at the 2014 NSW Training Awards in Tamworth recently and as one of
a number of category finalists goes on to contest the state awards later this year too.
Judges said Kay had completed a certificate III in hairdressing with the Allure Hair salon in Tamworth as a mature-age apprentice.
“Kay has always been passionate about hairdressing, but didn’t take it up when she was younger as it was unavailable at the time,” the judges said.
“Although the apprenticeship provided many challenges and was a very big decision to commence at a later stage of her life, Kay has enjoyed it thoroughly. She has excelled in all aspects of the training and hairdressing trade and has realised her dream of becoming a highly-skilled hairdresser.
“Kay is highly motivated and was able to complete her training flexibly and in a shorter time frame due to her outstanding skill level.
She has presented herself as a complete professional throughout her training and salon work. Her positive attitude, motivation, passion and focussed energy are infectious to all who come to meet her.
“Kay also studied millinery, fulfilling an- other passion in making hats, and hoped to build the interest with many people ordering and wearing her new creations.
“Kay is also involved in her local community through the local development committee, and is involved in many activities for fundraising on the school P&C committee and local sporting clubs.
“Kay feels it is important to give back to her community and volunteer as much as possible.”