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Chloe Howlett

Bronc riding hairdresser takes on school-based apprenticeship

Just 16 years old, local school student Chloe Howlett is undertaking a hairdressing apprenticeship right here in Roma. She is a down-to-earth country girl. A pleasant, mild manner doesn’t totally hide the strength of her self-belief or the mature confidence beyond her young years. 

Chloe’s apprenticeship started in June 2013 and she’s the first to say she loves every minute of it. She had an opportunity to start as a tea and tidy assistant at the local salon, doing general clean up as part-time work experience, and really liked it.

school based apprentice hairdresser

“When I was offered the apprenticeship opportunity to do hairdressing I grabbed it with both hands,” Chloe said.

“I am happy to be working here and really enjoy all of the work. Next month, I am doing a full block of training on cutting hair and I’m excited about that.”

Chloe Howlett is one of six school-based students in the Maranoa region completing an apprenticeship as part of Santos GLNG’s school-based program for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander apprentices and trainees. The Roma School-based program is funded by Santos GLNG and managed by GoldenWest Apprenticeships. It provides opportunities for students to complete secondary schooling as well as excelling in their chosen career.

Chloe said she believed the apprenticeship kept her grounded, gave her a sense of purpose and enabled her to look forward to a bright future ahead.

“It has given me a sense of maturity and I feel like I am making a contribution,” Chloe said. She said she would recommend an apprenticeship to other school students, “I have a friend who is doing an apprenticeship and my brother is doing boiler making.  An apprenticeship is a good way of getting work experience so you don’t get thrown in the deep end when you leave school. “

“This way I can do it gradually and have a head start when I finish Year 12, and I am really looking forward to being able to do this full-time,” Chloe said.

Left: Emma Sainty supervises while Chloe washes Santos GLNG Landholder Adviser Field Emma Tighe's hair.

Santos GLNG Maranoa Regional Manager Sam Klaas said the business was pleased to be helping young people by sponsoring a range of school-based traineeships, apprenticeships and cadetships in the areas where Santos GLNG operated.

“We are committed to ensuring the communities in which we operate are a great place to live and work; we have a similar program in Gladstone and we are also looking to start one in Brisbane,” Mr Klaas said.

“We have a proven track record of investing the benefits of a world-class gas industry back into the community and helping young people transition from school into meaningful employment is just one of the many ways we continue to support Queenslanders.”

Chloe’s host employer, Emma Sainty, from Loud Life Hair & Style in Roma, spoke highly of Chloe’s attitude and aptitude.

“Chloe comes from hard working parents who have instilled in her a healthy sense of respect for others and an exceptional work ethic,” Emma said.

“She always makes herself available when required, goes above and beyond her duties and really stepped up to the plate over the Christmas period when we were super busy.  She worked all but three days over that period and was a huge help in the salon,” she said.

Chloe gives her all to everything she’s involved in, and in her spare time, is a skilled horse woman who began bronc riding Shetland ponies in 2009 and won the Junior Bronc riding Grand Championship that year at the Wandoan rodeo.

With her sights set on state championships and winning the Poley Saddle Buckjump at Warwick Rodeo, Chloe has embarked on her Golden West apprenticeship with the same fervour and dedication. 

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