Our Educators are qualified Trainer/Assessors, in addition to being dedicated professionals who have extensive industry experience and current qualifications. Their industry experience is continually up to date as many Educators still work in the industry and participate in professional development activities.
At SCA, we deliver nationally accredited qualifications via training face-to-face and on some occasions in the workplace. When you study at SCA, your Educators will be there to assist you throughout your course. Students attend a classroom training environment, with extensive practical and theory sessions. Our Educators deliver the training in a way that students will enjoy and understand.
The Management Team
The Admin Team
Mariah is an RTO Administration Officer that has been with SCA for over 12 months. Mariah started with SCA as a Junior Administration Assistant Trainee studying a Certificate III in Business Administration. Mariah has since completed her traineeship and is working as part of our Administration team. Mariah enjoys greeting clients and students, as well as being a part of the enrolment process for all prospective students starting their new career pathways at South Coast Academy.
Kristy joined the South Coast Academy team in 2022. Kristy has over 9 years’ experience working in Employment Services, where she assisted clients in creating Resumes, Coaching job seekers on how to present for an interview and how to search and apply for suitable employment. During her time in Employment Services, Kristy also assisted clients to enrol in courses to increase their skills, so they are more confident to enter the workforce. With these skills and background, Kristy will be part of ensuring that students have the support they need to not only gain a qualification in their chosen field, but to also walk away with the knowledge to be able to gain sustainable employment in a profession they are passionate about.
As SCA’s Student Support Coordinator of close to 2 years, Matt has graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce - majoring in Human Resource Management. Matt has over 10 years of client service, business and relationship management experience and has serviced multi-sized businesses including; Enterprise, B2B, B2C, and SME in service based engagements. Matt deals with an array of tasks from providing support to students of SCA, managing SCA’s Learning Management System, Office Management along with nurturing relationships of potential and current employers of SCA’s apprentices. When not in office, Matt likes to indulge in Martial Arts training, keeping fit and active as well as catching up with friends and family.
The Beauty Team
Having worked in the Beauty Industry for over 20 years, Virginia now has the opportunity to pass on her knowledge and experience to our students so they can succeed in this exciting and ever-changing industry. Virginia is a qualified Beauty Therapist, Nail Technician and a qualified Trainer and Assessor. Virginia has been working as an SCA Educator for the past 11 years. In this time, Virginia has had the pleasure of working as part as a growing team that is focused on providing a high level of professional education and training.
Taryn has been working in the Beauty Industry for the past 13 years and is a Diploma qualified Beauty Therapist, and qualified Trainer and Assessor. Working in the Beauty Industry has offered Taryn many different opportunities and career paths that has led her to work at South Coast Academy. Taryn has been teaching for the past 4 years at SCA and has had the chance to share her experience and knowledge with a fantastic team of like-minded professionals and students.
Val has been a Beauty Therapist for the past 28 years. In that time, Val has worked in has salons, owned her own successful salon, and had years of teaching experience as an Educator. Val loves being a part of the SCA team of professional, enthusiastic Trainers and Assessors who are all passionate about the ever-changing Beauty Industry. Val is a Diploma qualified Beauty Therapist and a qualified Trainer and Assessor.
Jess has been a Beauty Therapist in the Industry for 13 years with having experience working in beauty salons, day spas and running her own successful beauty salon in this time. Jess has always been committed to training and developing her skills to be the best therapist she can be. Jess is a Diploma qualified Beauty Therapist and Trainer and Assessor. Jess has always had the dream and drive to share her passion and knowledge with the up-and-coming Industry Beauty Therapists.
The Hair Team
Emma has been working in the Hair Industry for over 25 years and has had an extensive experience gained from working with key Industry leaders. Emma has worked in a variety of positions including Hair Stylist, Salon Owner, Technical Trainer and sales rep. One of Emma’s career highlights was working overseas in a leading London salon. Emma has been a Hairdressing Trainer and Assessor for 9 years and is a Certificate IV level Hairdresser with post-trade commercial men’s barbing skills. Emma loves watching students develop their skills and evolve into competent stylists and believes that education and training is the key to all new Hairdressers in the Industry.
Craig Jim Stone
Craig has dreamt of working with the best in the Hair Industry and has achieved this at a relatively young age. Craig is a qualified Certificate III Hairdresser and Trainer and Assessor. Craig loves to educate and share his passion for all things hair with the South Coast Academy Students entering the Industry. Craig has been a part of the SCA team for the last few years teaching the new generations of hairdressers. Craig owns and operates his own successful salon based in Port Kembla.
Craig Jim Stone
Blayne is a qualified Certificate III Hairdresser and Barber with multiple years in the Industry. Blayne owns and manages his own successful Barber salon in the Wollongong CBD. Blayne is passionate about educating the new Barbering students entering the Hairdressing Industry and enjoys sharing his specialized skills in men’s cutting and grooming with the South Coast Academy Students. At SCA, Blayne continues to educate the students to hone their skills to be the best barbers they can be.
The Make-up Team
Lu Lu Padmore
Lu Lu has been a makeup artist for over 20 years, working across all aspects of the makeup industry, including commercial, editorial, bridal, television, film and everything in between. Lu Lu has had the opportunity to work for some amazing brands including KWH Bridal, Sophia Tolli, Prea James Bridal, Love Find Co., Alca Line Bride, and Bowie Rae. Lu Lu has also worked on a number of projects such as the campaign shoot for King Princess for Oyster Magazine, and the music video ‘You Deserve Better’ by international artist James Arthur. Lu Lu also worked as part of the makeup team for the Kingdom Choir who sang at Prince Harry and Megan’s wedding, who were here to close the Invictus Games. Makeup is Lu Lu’s passion and she thrives working on new projects and meeting new people. Over the last seven years running her own business, Lu Lu built on her skills, focusing on the beauty of skin, creating natural glowing ethereal makeup looks. Lu Lu will be working alongside Taryn to deliver training workshops to our SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services, SHB40115 Certificate IV Beauty Therapy Apprentices and SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy students.