THE BUZZ of the clippers can be heard as soon as the door to 2340 Barber Shop opens.
Out the back in the training room, the newest almost-apprentices from Oxley High School are giving fresh cuts to mannequins.
This week they've learned the gift of the gab, barbering techniques, and how to work in a salon team.
Year 10 student Padme Hernandez already does her own hair at home.
"The first day we learned the basics of every job, how to communicate with everyone and teamwork," she said.
"An announcement was put up at school that a free course was available, I've always been interested in it - I do my own hair and everything so I really wanted to do it.
"It's a great experience because they teach you an adult education that's not university, it gives you more opportunities to be able to decide what you want to do."
2340 Barber Shop is a social enterprise initiative owned by JobLink Plus, it's a fully-functioning business and a training ground for locals who want to take the next step in their career.
Senior barber and training assessor Christian Fritze said the course gives the student a taste of what the job is like.
"We looked at a unit of competency from the qualification that they could get, and at this stage everyone in the class is going to get the 'communicate as part of the salon team' unit of competency," he said.
"A lot of them either were cutting hair at home or considering it for a career, there's a lot of feedback from them that there's so much more to barbering than what they thought.
"They really enjoyed getting on the tools and even the theory work because it's something they want to do they're super engaged in that too."
Peel High School has also taken part in the program.
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