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Barranggirra Program Creating Training and Employment Pathways

Souths Cares launched its new Barranggirra Program in October last year in partnership with Training Services NSW and the initiative is already creating a positive impact for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander apprentices, trainees and learners.

The impact of the Barranggirra Program is exemplified by the journey of Evey McLaren, who was referred for mentoring support in November. Evey left school in Year 10 as she was struggling to complete her schoolwork and became disengaged. After leaving school, Evey secured employment as an Eye Lash Technician at Transformation Culture however wasn’t involved in a formal training pathway.

Natalee Rolani-Golding, Souths Cares Employment and Training Mentor commenced working with Evey and quickly built a great rapport with Evey and her employer Tiarlea Stewart. With Natalee’s support, Evey has converted her employment into a recognized training pathway, with Evey now enrolled at Nepean TAFE to complete her Certificate 3 in Beauty Services. 

Evey believes she has now found her calling and loves working in the beauty industry.

“I love lashing and beauty therapy as it's calming for me and I'm focusing to perfect something with a beautiful and satisfying outcome. It makes me work really hard and I really enjoy it”, Evey said.

With her own past experience in the Beauty industry, Natalee Rolani-Golding has a special interest in seeing Evey develop her skills and excel.

“I am so proud of the success that Evey has achieved so far. Not only do I get to Mentor Evey, I also get to teach her hands on things that will benefit her in the career pathway of her passion. I cannot wait to see her further growth”, Natalee said.

Evey’s employer, Tiarlea Stewart has been pleased with Evey’s development, stating Evey’s clients have high levels of satisfaction with her services and she is now booked out on a weekly basis. Tiarlea is keen to support other young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women commence their careers and thrive within the beauty industry.  

More information about the Barranggirra Program can be found HERE

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