22 March 2024

This Wagga beautician is set to show her skills to the world!

| Jarryd Rowley
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Wagga beautician Jasmine

Jasmine Checchini will be heading to Lyon, France in September to show off her beauty therapy skills. Photo: Jarryd Rowley.

Wagga TAFE NSW beauty therapy student Jasmine Checchini is about to show off the Riverina on the world stage after being selected for the WorldSkills International Championships.

The championships is a competition for vocational apprentices and trainees where selected participants showcase their industry skills.

Competitors demonstrate their individual knowledge, practical competence, and employability skills against a set of strict criteria.

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Australia’s representatives, known as the Skillaroos, will travel to France in September to compete against more than 75 countries in disciplines including automotive technology, bakery, beauty therapy, bricklaying, construction metal work, hairdressing, health and social care, industrial mechanics and welding.

Jasmine Checchini, who completed her apprenticeship at Circa 1929 in 2023, will be travelling to the championships and looking to go one step further than her gold at the WorldSkills Australia Nationals.

“I’ve been pretty lucky to have everything I needed to learn here [at Circa 1929],” Jasmine said.

“I’ve had the chance to learn and use a range of different things and do absolutely everything I have to do at the championships.

“I’ve already trained in everything I need to before the competitions even start; it has been really beneficial.”

Jasmine massaging a client

Jasmine said she had learnt a lot by working at Circa 1929. Photo: Jarryd Rowley.

Jasmine has been fortunate enough to work alongside her mother Naomi, who is the owner of the Circa 1929 day spa. Naomi’s experience in the beauty therapy field and as a mentor for others who have competed in the WorldSkills Championships has given Jasmine a great platform.

“The competitions are enormous; it’s like qualifying for our own Olympics,” Naomi recalled.

“The facilities have to cater for trades like heavy vehicles and decorating and then each competition has anywhere between 20 and 40 competitors.

“Each stage sees a lot of upscaling. As you can imagine going from nationals to internationals there’s a jump in skill and quality. There are quite a few different aspects that competitors have to look out for, but Jasmine has been working really hard and been training regularly for that.”

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Although Jasmine said she was proud to be selected as part of the Skillaroos, she admitted that she wouldn’t be looking to put any extra pressure on herself.

“Whether I come first or last, it’s just a great opportunity to be able to attend,” Jasmine said.

“I just have to keep working, training and make sure I don’t stress myself out.”

Jasmine and eight other students from TAFE NSW will attend the WorldSkills International Championships in Lyon, France in September.

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