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A TasTAFE-trained hairdressing apprentice has been recognised for his outstanding commitment and perseverance with a $500 scholarship.

Callum Oxley, who works at Imola salon in Hobart , was presented with the Sophie Bobbi Memorial Award at a ceremony at TasTAFE’s Campbell Street Campus recently.

The Sophie Bobbi Memorial Award is a bursary provided by Sophie’s parents, Pete and Helena (pictured with Callum), in memory of their daughter who studied hairdressing at TasTAFE and worked at Nischler salon.

The award, which is selected by TasTAFE staff, recognises a TasTAFE third year apprentice hairdressing student who has a talent and passion for the profession.

TasTAFE Hair and Beauty Education Manager, Allyson Davies, said the award recognised Callum’s outstanding commitment and achievements during his apprenticeship.

She said TasTAFE’s hairdressing staff were particularly impressed with Callum’s determination and perseverance in overcoming obstacles to complete his apprenticeship. Callum suffered from severe dermatitis while undertaking his apprenticeship but persevered and said he had received good support from his employer and TasTAFE staff.

“My message to young hairdressers just starting out is to look after yourself and stand up for yourself. Find a good salon that will support you. I’d like to thank Mr and Mrs Bobbi for donating this award,” Callum said.

Callum’s employer, Imola salon owner, Jeffrey Belbin, said Callum was very deserving of the award.

“The biggest thing is his commitment to training. He always goes above and beyond,” Mr Belbin said.

TasTAFE Hairdressing apprentice recognised for outstanding commitment