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High achiever takes skills into business

In 2016, Emily Berg of Albany was still at high school.

Then last year, she enrolled in the Diploma of Beauty Therapy at South Regional TAFE and worked part-time in a local beauty salon while studying.

Emily so impressed her TAFE lecturers with her dedicated approach and practical aptitude that they encouraged her to enter the prestigious national vocational competition WorldSkills at a state level.

Blowing away the state competition at WorldSkills last year qualified Emily to pit her skills against the nation’s best in Sydney in June this year.

Emily said WorldSkills had been an excellent experience.

“In Sydney, I saw the best people and how they work, and I learnt a lot,” she said.

“Their skills were up to the highest standards; these were Australia’s best – the people you strive to be like.”

Emily was placed fourth, a whisker outside the medals, proving her own skills were already close to the standards of those she so admired.

The Sydney trip did not mark the end of an exciting era for Emily, though. Just three weeks after arriving home, she got married and a few weeks later, she took over her own business.

As the new owner of Saltacious in York Street, Emily is combining her beauty therapy skills with her business head, and showing the determination that carried her so effectively through her studies.

With 14 treatment rooms, the busy salon offers a comprehensive range of beauty services, many with the focus on salt therapy, which is intrinsic to the salon’s philosophy of inner health and outer beauty.

There’s also a salt haven, much in demand for its healing properties, a flotation tank and infrared sauna, as well as a comprehensive range of products.

Emily is skilled in the techniques necessary to provide the services on offer, a factor she attributes to her TAFE training.

“TAFE has a great learning environment and I couldn’t have asked for better lecturers,” she said.

“They were very supportive and had a huge impact on my achievements.”

As for her whirlwind two years since high school, the highly likeable young woman said it had been rewarding because she strived to do better and learn more.

“It’s crazy!” she said.

“The whole thing has been very exciting.”

Now, she is living the dream with a supportive husband and family backing her to achieve as highly in her new venture as she has in her studies.

And Emily herself is looking forward to making her name at Saltacious.

“It’s full-on, but I’m really happy to be in business,” she smiled.


Albany’s Emily Berg, who competed with Australia’s best trade students in Sydney, recently took over her own beauty therapy business.

She is pictured in the salt room at her beauty salon.

Page last updated September 25, 2018