Cambridge hairdressing apprentice Courtney Hale has just been named as one of the New Zealand Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation’s apprentices of the year, one of just four in the country.
Courtney, a Year 3 hairdressing apprentice at Loulous in Cambridge, was named the top apprentice in the Northern Central Region, much to her surprise.
“I was not expecting it at all,” she laughed, adding that it could be her “can-do” attitude that secured her the award. “Nothing is really a problem, and I’m keen to get involved with everything in the industry.”
Hairdressing runs in the family – her grandmother was a hairdresser – and it was something she kept coming back to over the years, Courtney explained.
As part of her prize, Courtney will receive $250 towards professional development and be flown to the Industry Awards ceremony in Auckland, where she will receive her trophy. At the ceremony, on November 11, one of the four regional winners will be named HITO Apprentice of the Year.