MIG Training has been providing quality hairdressing education for more than 30 years

WHO IS MIG TRAINING?

MIG Training has been a force in the Australian hair industry for a whopping 32 years now, and we’re still going strong in 2023! We’re not just your run-of-the-mill training organization; we’re a family-owned business with a rich history spanning over 70 years in Australian hairdressing.
Our journey began with the legendary Jim Gray and his old-fashioned barbershop in the 1940s. Then, in the groovy 70’s, Jim’s son Rod Gray entered the Aussie hair scene making waves with his salons. And finally, in 1991, MIG Training was born, thanks to this awesome legacy.
For three glorious decades, we’ve been all about passion, dedication, and doing things the right way in the hairdressing industry.
But here’s the kicker: we’re not just any training organization. We’re one of only 14 Registered Training Organisations in the whole country to have scored the gold standard accreditation as RTO Select from the Australian Hairdressing Council. Yep, we’re the ‘best of breed’ according to the industry association!
You can find us just a quick 15-minute jaunt from the heart of Brisbane CBD. We’re super proud to offer customized apprenticeship training to a whopping 300 salons all across Queensland. Right now, we’re shaping the future for over 500 apprentices and students, and in the past year alone, we’ve celebrated the graduation of more than 150 incredible hairdressers and barbers!
So, whether you’re a budding stylist, a salon owner, or just someone who wants to create fabulous hair, we’re here to help you shine in the world of hairdressing! Come say hi, and let’s begin your hair journey together!

THE MIG TEAM

Anthony Gray

Anthony Gray

DIRECTOR

In a previous chapter of my life, I worked in Banking and Finance, of all places! But more than 15 years ago, I decided to dive headfirst into the adventure of leading MIG Training, our beloved family business. That’s where the real fun began!
You see, our family has been fortunate to be part of the fantastic hair industry for generations. It’s not just a job; it’s a lifestyle and a platform for creating all our dreams.
Our heartwarming vision is to welcome more generations of hairdressers, barbers, and salon owners to come and experience all the incredible gifts that this amazing hair industry has given to our family. Let’s keep this fantastic industry growing!
Leah Gordon

Leah Gordon

ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Administration has been my world since 1986, with a career starting in banking and moving through the years into office management and now Administration Manager at the fabulous MIG.
My world at MIG Training ……… paper, processes, policies, procedures and platforms  – with lots of smiles and laughs thrown in.
And when you call our office, I will most likely answer your call,  and help you with any questions.  Please say Hi!
Mandy Goodyear

Mandy Goodyear

SPECIAL PROGRAMS & TRAINING MANAGER

My hairdressing journey kicked off back in the late 70s alongside the legendary Vidal Sassoon. Being an apprentice, I was always hungry to grasp the latest and greatest in hair structures and colours.
Now, I get the incredible opportunity to uplift and engage disadvantaged students through MIG Training. I have the absolute pleasure of inspiring these amazing individuals to shake up their mindset, set their sights higher, and chase after their wildest dreams.
And you know what? These students, with their unwavering determination and resilience, inspire me just as much. They’re simply extraordinary human beings.
Laura Ponton

Laura Ponton

RESOURCES/MARKETING MANAGER

Hello there! I had the fantastic opportunity to receive top-notch training and gain valuable experience from my time at Toni & Guy. I even grew into the role of Artistic Director there, which provided a strong foundation for both my training and presentation skills.

Since 2011, I’ve been sharing my passion and knowledge as an educator at MIG Training. It’s been incredibly fulfilling to pass on my expertise to the next generation of stylists. I absolutely adore working with long hair and mastering cutting techniques, all driven by my love for creating beautiful textures and shapes.

When I’m not busy creating training videos for our online platform, you’ll likely find me cozied up in front of a TV, binging my favorite shows!

Olivia Draper

Olivia Draper

STUDENT COORDINATOR

I’ve always been fueled by my passion for colouring and cutting, and that drive has guided my entire career. Now, I’m thrilled to bring this enthusiasm to MIG! You can spot me on the training floor all day, eagerly sharing my expertise with the students.

Having gained certifications and technical colour experience in the past, I find immense joy in passing on my knowledge. My dedication to nurturing the new generation of stylists extends to every aspect of hairdressing.

I’m deeply motivated by the desire to uplift the quality in each student, making sure they excel and shine in their craft!

Jenelle Arnott

Jenelle Arnott

WORKPLACE TRAINER

Hairdressing has been my lifelong passion, and I’ve never pursued anything else because I truly love working in this industry!

Before becoming a part of MIG Training, I had the opportunity to manage numerous salons, but being here from the very start has been a privilege I deeply cherish.

Being a workplace trainer brings me immense joy. I genuinely enjoy building relationships with all the wonderful salons and barbershops I work with. This role also keeps me constantly updated with industry changes, from the latest products and techniques to the newest fashions and trends.

I couldn’t be happier doing anything else!

Leanne Beasley

Leanne Beasley

WORKPLACE TRAINER

Hey there! I’ve been a Workplace Trainer since 2003, and it’s been such a fantastic journey helping numerous apprentices become skilled hairdressers and barbers. One of the best parts of my job is working closely with employers, understanding their unique training needs, and finding the perfect solutions.

I truly believe that every apprentice is unique, and every salon has its own set of requirements. That’s why I see my role as more of a friendly advisor. I love to listen, share advice, and guide salons in a way that benefits both the apprentice and the employers. It’s all about finding the best training results for everyone involved and, of course, promoting the growth of our wonderful industry!

Rozi Hams

Rozi Hams

WORKPLACE TRAINER

I kicked off my hairdressing journey back in 1999 as an apprentice with MIG Training, and I proudly completed my qualification in the charming town of Murgon. Over the years, my passion for hairdressing has taken me to various top-notch salons in Brisbane, where I had a blast managing teams and mentoring apprentices.

In 2008, my heart led me back to MIG Training, fueled by my love for nurturing budding talents. As a workplace trainer, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of guiding apprentices on their learning adventures.

One of the best parts of my job? Traveling to different workplaces! I absolutely adore the opportunity to meet, inspire, and teach apprentices in their own environment.

Donella Peri

Donella Peri

WORKPLACE TRAINER

My hairdressing adventure began as an apprentice with Toni & Guy, where my fascination with advanced colour techniques turned into a fulfilling nine-year career as a colour technician.

My love for education and in-salon training led me to MIG in 2020, and wow, what a fantastic opportunity it’s been!

One of the things I adore the most is workplace training. I get such a kick out of building strong relationships with my salons and barbershops, and being there to motivate and guide them through their apprenticeship journey—it’s incredibly rewarding!

Fun fact about me: when I’m not immersed in the world of hairdressing, I’m what you might call a C.I.P.P.A (Crazy Indoor Plant People Australia). If you need advice on rare and exotic plants that thrive in greenhouses, I’m your go-to person! 🌿😊

Neil Robinson

Neil Robinson

EXTERNAL PROGRAMS TRAINER

Hey everyone! Let’s rewind to 1985 when my hairdressing journey began—it opened up a world of creativity and excitement for me! I had the incredible experience of owning successful salons, competing in national hairdressing competitions, and, most importantly, building some amazing relationships along the way.

But you know what? My passion for hairdressing has always been intertwined with a desire to teach, inspired by the wonderful teachers who influenced me.

Now, I feel like I’m living the dream by passing on my knowledge to the new generation. I love encouraging them to embrace Madonna’s mantra – “Express yourself!” Let’s keep the creativity flowing and the smiles shining! 😊✂️🌟

Mindy Kaminski

Mindy Kaminski

EXTERNAL PROGRAMS TRAINER

Hairdressing has been a magical journey for me, opening so many wonderful doors along the way. I’ve had the pleasure of working in award-winning salons, and you know what? I’ve always had this burning desire to share my passion for hair with the world!

Now, through MIG Training, I get to do just that. I’m lucky enough to deliver programs for the new generation of students who are eager to achieve their goals in this fantastic industry. What’s even more fulfilling is that I get to lend a helping hand to disadvantaged and disengaged students, making a positive impact on their lives. It’s incredibly rewarding to witness these talented individuals develop into skilled hairdressers, setting the bar high with their exceptional standards. Here’s to nurturing talent and spreading the hairdressing love!

Lissa Lowcock

Lissa Lowcock

COLLEGE TRAINER

I’ve been on this hairdressing adventure since ’86, and since ’08, I’ve been happily mentoring budding talents. I’ve had the absolute joy of showcasing my skills at exciting hair shows, conducting workshops all across Australia, and even diving into the vibrant hair scenes of some incredible Asian countries.

But you know what really lit up my day? Successfully guiding my own salon apprentices to become MIG-qualified professionals. Now, I’m over the moon to be pursuing my true passion as a Trainer at MIG Training.

There’s something magical about sharing my extensive know-how with our bright-eyed apprentices. It’s not just a job—it’s a heartwarming journey, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it!

Eva Krawczyk

Eva Krawczyk

COLLEGE TRAINER

Andrea Gray

Andrea Gray

ACCOUNTS MANAGER

Tegan Hodgkiss

Tegan Hodgkiss

COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION

Lisa Stanley

Lisa Stanley

COLLEGE & EXTERNAL PROGRAMS TRAINER

 

WHAT MAKES MIG TRAINING DIFFERENT TO OTHER PROVIDERS?

THE BEST TEACHERS

Our trainers are experienced, enthusiastic and fresh. They work in the industry so they know exactly what is trending as well as what clients and salon owners want. From the latest celebrity colour to the most technical of haircuts, we know what is current and relevant in haircutting, colouring and hairstyling for success in daily salon life. Our trainers provide support and education that extends way beyond the standard curriculum.

A TAILORED APPROACH TO YOUR BUSINESS

Not all apprentices are the same, just like no two salons are the same. We don’t believe in a cookie cutter approach to education at MIG Training; we treat each of our clients and students as individuals. We are flexible in the structure, timing, location and delivery of our training in order to best suit your salon and the student.

YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR SUCCESS

The satisfaction of our clients and students is our ultimate priority. We listen and gather feedback so we can continually evolve our education and teaching methods in order to deliver best practice.

WE ARE IN FOR THE LONG HAUL

We are about building relationships – with our salon clients, our students, and our guest educators within the industry. We have clients whom we trained as apprentices that now have their own salons and send their team to train with us because they believe in the MIG way. We are very proud of the longstanding relationships we have with our customers.

WHAT WE OFFER SALONS TO SUPPORT THEIR APPRENTICES AND HAIRDRESSERS

• Consistent, structured and professional communication.
• Inspiration and passion for the trade from young, current and experienced educators.
• Flexible training – workplace or college delivery.
• A tailored and salon specific plan unique to your salon and team.
• The best quality education, including specialist training by some of the industry’s leading educators.
• Training resources for the entire salon.
• Connection to industry events and competitions to encourage and inspire students, such as Hair Expo and the Brisbane Hair & Beauty Expo.
• An on-site working salon open to the public so students can practice what they learn.

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?

Why not visit MIG Training for a college tour or send an apprentice to spend the day with us so you can see first hand what MIG Training is all about. Alternatively, we’d happily visit you in salon to discuss the ins and outs of the apprenticeship system and how MIG Training can work with you.

 

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