HITO celebrates success at graduation
For the third year running, HITO graduates and their family, employers, and friends gathered to celebrate success at HITO Graduation.
Held at the Rydges Hotel in Wellington, this year’s ceremony saw barbering, hairdressing, salon management, and business graduates celebrate their achievement. All graduates gained their qualification with HITO between August 2015 and August 2016.
HITO’s Sales and Liaison Managers, HITO Board Chair Dr. Flora Gilkison, and special guests Courtney Jackson and Janine Simons joined the graduates at the event.
Dr. Gilkison opened the ceremony, welcoming our graduates and acknowledging their success. She encouraged them to be proud of everything they had achieved so far. Following Dr. Gilkison’s speech, HITO Apprentice of the Year 2015 Courtney Jackson took to the stage to share her hairdressing journey. Courtney too congratulated the graduates and shared her experiences with how her qualification has helped her succeed.
“Since gaining my qualification last year I’ve found myself much busier, as lots of customers ask for a qualified hairdresser,” Courtney said. “I feel more confident in myself, and I know you will too, now that I have a qualification under my belt forever. Once you’re qualified, you can take whatever career path you choose within the industry. The world is your oyster!”
Special guest Janine Simons, owner of Mane salon, trainer, and mentor spoke next. An experienced hairdresser and business owner, Janine shared her successful hairdressing journey so far and encouraged the audience to pursue their goals.
“There are so many opportunities you can enjoy, from business ownership to training and education to competitions and editorial work. Open that trendy barber shop, work in the world’s best beauty spa or become a famous session stylist. Whatever hairdressing career path you choose to take, surround yourself with great mentors and trainers, be focused at work and be patient. The hard work, failures, and triumphs will all be worth it.”
After Janine’s speech, it was time for the ceremony itself. Over 50 graduates took to the stage, each receiving a graduation medal to celebrate their success. One graduate also received their ipsn certificate. The ipsn certificate is an international qualification that shows New Zealand hair and beauty qualifications are equal to those in Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, and Canada.
After receiving their medals, HITO invited the graduates onto the stage to say a few words. Several graduates took the opportunity, congratulating their fellow graduates, thanking HITO, and acknowledging those who couldn’t be at the ceremony. The speeches were inspiring and touching, with several audience members in tears after our graduates spoke.
After the ceremony, graduates and guests had the opportunity to celebrate together over a buffet lunch. A professional photographer took photos of our graduates and their guests.
Thank you to our graduates, to their employers, trainers, friends, and whānau. Gaining a qualification is an incredible achievement, and it was a pleasure to celebrate with you. We can’t wait to see where your career takes you next.