Apprentice a cut above the rest

THE ever-humble Demi Brotherson was possibly the most surprised person in the room when she was announced the Outstanding Apprentice at Coffs Harbour TAFE's graduation ceremony this week.

Those who knew of Demi's outstanding skills and work ethic were proud – especially her boss Kerri Di Mattia – but not in the slightest surprised when Demi received the award.

As well as taking out the major award presented on the night, Demi also won the Certificate Three Hairdressing Award of Excellence and the Dateline Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hairdressing, and she still has a year left of her apprenticeship.

Demi and fellow apprentice Luci Monaghan were awarded full scholarships to complete the Diploma of Salon Management, which will help Demi on her way to owning her own salon in the future.

“Opening a salon would be great in the long run, but for now I would love to get into backstage work for fashion parades and photo shoots because they just get to do some of the quirkiest stuff to models,” she said.

“I have always preferred doing the more different cuts and colours.”

Having worked at Rosemount Fashion Week and attended hair expos, Demi said Kerri prepared her well for entering the commercial world of hair styling.

“It would mean I would have to move, and that all depends if Kerri lets me,” Demi said with a laugh.

“I have done my whole apprenticeship at Di Mattia Hairdressing and Kerri really is a great mentor so if I do ever leave, it will be a hard decision to make.”

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