Sarah Mills from Williamstown has been named the 2019 Trainee of the Year after studying a Certificate III in Beauty Services.
The 18 year old’s success was announced at the SA Training Awards held at Adelaide Convention Centre last Friday in front of the 600 attendees.
“I didn’t expect to win. When they said my name I was in auto-pilot mode,” she laughed.
“It was an amazing experience and I can’t express that enough! It was also so exciting to be mingling with everyone and hearing their stories of how they got to where they are.”
In year 11, Sarah started at St Patrick’s Technical College in Adelaide and completed work experience at Brazilian Beauty, North Adelaide when she was 15.
She then offered to help around the clinic in the school holidays and eventually landed herself a traineeship, whilst still studying at school and then completing year 12.
Her school then suggested that because she’d completed her school-based traineeship she enter the SA Training Awards.
Sarah admitted that while she didn’t think much of it, she wanted to share more about her passion and experiences.
“I thought I’d just go for it,” she said.
After writing her application and being shortlisted, Sarah went to the interviews, where she thought she’d blown it after stumbling on a question.
“Then I got an email saying I had made the top four finalists, I was so stoked and excited,” said Sarah.
This isn’t the only success for Sarah this month, as she has recently returned from an awards ceremony in Brisbane within her franchise, Brazilian Beauty, where she won the ‘rising star’ award.
“I was really happy with that, and content about just being a finalist at the SA Training Awards,” said Sarah.
Sarah has now been automatically placed as finalist in the Australian Training Awards, which will be announced this November in Brisbane.
“I want to be able to tell other people that this can happen to them as well, and it helps when you’re really passionate about what you do,” said Sarah.
“I love, and I can’t express this enough, being able to make people feel beautiful in their own skin. It’s about being able to give confidence to people, even if it’s something small like an eyebrow wax.
“I got into the beauty industry because I suffered with hormonal acne when I was younger, and now it hasn’t hit me to be state recognised and win this award.”