Cutting classes for hands on job

TURNING a passion into a career has paid off for former TAFE Granville barbering student Timothy Miller.

Cutting hair on the side while working at an engineering firm in Sydney, he studied for a Statement of Attainment in Barbering before later completing a Certificate III in Barbering.
“I committed to one day a week away from my job to complete the course, and as I continued my nine to five job as a structural draftsman, my passion for barbering grew, making my current work less and less fulfilling,” he said.
His love for a good hair style began with him experimenting on friends and family using a pair of Kmart clippers.
“I started off with simple haircuts on my brother which, with time and practice, developed into more complex cuts on friends and then paying customers,” he said.
“I remember showing off my self-taught skills at TAFE NSW, only to learn that I was holding the clippers incorrectly.
“The hands-on skills I learnt at TAFE NSW provided me with an incredible foundation in my barbering skills that I use everyday.”
Mr Miller now manages the Tough Grind Barbers, a coffee shop and barbershop in Lithgow employing six barbers – three of whom are also completing their training through Granville TAFE – along with five baristas.
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