The La Bimbi Hairdresser, who is 22 years old, says she was “shocked” by the award, which adds to winning 2010 and 2011 Australian Hair Expo Apprentice of the Year.
Burke recently completed a Certificate III in Hairdressing at the Canberra Institute of Technology and is now fully qualified, mentoring the salon’s Australian Apprentices.
She regularly volunteers to assist the Leukaemia Foundation and the Canberra Blind Society by donating proceeds from her work at fashion parades and runway shoots.
Member for Fraser Dr Andrew Leigh says Burke was “deservedly rewarded.”
“To be named Australia’s best apprentice for 2012 is an outstanding achievement and it is very exciting to have a Canberra resident receive national recognition,” he says.
ACT government employee Daniel Helson, taught by the Australian Training Company, was named runner-up for the Australian Trainee of the Year Award.