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Isabella ScavoIsabella Scavo - Winner

SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services 

Outstanding student Isabella Scavo credits her beauty services course as sparking an exciting new career.

“I had studied a make-up course previously and wanted to branch out and create more career opportunities,” she says of her move to Holmesglen.

Isabella is described as an inspiration by her teachers and has since followed a successful pathway into employment, where she provides exceptional service to her clients at a Melbourne-based beauty salon.

“Everything that I learned during my course; I’ve been able to put into my real-life work.  

“The course helps you expand in beauty services. Now I can do waxing, nails, tanning.”

Isabella is a previous Hair and Beauty Industry Association award winner.

Vocational Student of the Year - Certificate

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Anthony YangAnthony Yang - Finalist

MSF40213 Certificate IV Furniture Design and Technology

An award-winning student, Anthony Yang’s furniture design course has helped him become one of Australia’s best emerging furniture makers.

Anthony won the Best Furniture Award at 2021 Fringe Festival (Design Fringe) Awards and the Student Award at Australian Wood Review's Maker of the Year Awards, where he outshined peers from across Australia and New Zealand.

Previously an advertising professional with experiential marketing experience, Anthony describes his furniture design course at Holmesglen as the new creative chapter in his life.

“My teachers taught me to never give up. They gave me a lot of confidence and helped me look for solutions to make my furniture designs happen.”


Ruchika Perera
Ruchika Perera - Finalist

MSF20313 Certificate II in Furniture Making

Ruchika Perera’s teachers describe his furniture creations as some of the best they have seen in 25 years.

“He truly is one exceptionally talented student,” says teacher Scott Keating. “Ruchika went over and above the standard building of the projects.”

Described as possessing supreme accuracy and manual skill, Ruchika’s move into furniture design was motivated by his father, a fellow furniture maker in Sri Lanka.

Despite obtaining a PhD in climate change and agriculture, and having won awards in the field, Ruchika’s passion for furniture design was undeniable.

He has used skills obtained in his course to start a small business, where he works out of his home workshop.


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