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Love the industry but want something different?

If you’re interested in changing lives, passionate about the Hair and Makeup Industry and want to take your career in an exciting new direction – we might be what you’re looking for!

Cut Above Academy have given students the edge they need to become hairstylists, barbers, makeup and special effects makeup artists of the future, for more than 40 years. As a top training provider who are committed to giving students the skills for success, we’re their ideal first step in a career path to this exciting industry. Our reputation is second to none and we’re proud of it! 

Cut Above Academy staff are taught how to deliver the best learning to students, to prepare them for the industry that we love. Our strong Industry relationships provide our students with unique opportunities, enabling them to launch their career.


We make a positive difference in students’ lives, and with your industry knowledge and experience - you can be part of this too!

Working for Cut Above Academy allows you to transform lives.  Students join us on a journey to ensure they are ready to start the career they have dreamed about. They will thrive in an environment of engagement respect and nurturing under your guidance.

The promise we make to our students about their experience with us is that we will Engage, Respect & Nurture them throughout their journey.

We Engage
The magic of seeing the highest level of ENGAGMEMENT – our #1, taking place in every facet of the experience we offer, looks and feels exciting and unique to us.  It is at the very essence of the customer experience we deliver.  

We Respect
We are mindful of the individual, and treating them as the adults that they are, not judging them, upholding their Mana and acting with Respect.  We want them to know through our words and actions that we are on their team.   

We Nurture
We NURTURE and care for them.  We want to make an impact on – their learning, their behaviours, their choices. We want them to be successful. 

In addition to the meaningful rewards of this industry, changing student lives, staff are also provided with growth and progress opportunities within their roles and reap the benefits of being led by a strong senior leadership team, attend company events and engage in professional development plans and programmes:

•    Annual Staff Conference (held at exciting destinations!)
•    Mid-Year ‘Refuelling’ Event
•    Professional Development Plans
•    Leadership Development Programme 

Thinking about joining our team?

View current vacancies at Cut Above Academy by clicking on the links below.

Note: all job vacancies and instructions on how to apply are listed on the websites below:


No current vacancies listed above, or perhaps they are not what you’re looking for? We still want to hear from you!
We’re always keen to talk to talented industry experts that are ready to share their skills and stories to inspire the next generation. Please email your CV and a little bit about your story to info@cutabove.co.nz

This is what some of our fantastic trainers have to say about their job!

Gee Pikinga – Auckland City Campus

"Having been a trainer teaching makeup artistry for almost four years, what I find most rewarding about being a trainer is having the ability to affect change in others lives. Influencing creatives to embrace their inner genius and coaching them to reach inside and expose the most intimate facets of themselves through their art. I know what being in this amazing industry has meant to me and the growth I have experienced as a result. To play a role in the journey of each and every one of my learners and see them pathway into careers and begin to establish themselves in the industry I love; there is no greater gift."

Melissa Mathews – Auckland City Campus

"I’m Melissa Matthews. I am currently a Makeup Trainer at Cutabove Academy and also a Freelance Makeup Artist. I have 10 years’ makeup artistry experience. I was an artsy kid and swapped my paint brush for a makeup brush! I’ve had a passion for makeup since a young age. Makeup is such an awesome medium to be creative and transform any face for any occasion. Ever since starting my makeup career studying at Cutabove Academy in 2009, to this day (10 years later) I am still so passionate & in love with this industry!
 My experiences ranges from working high pressure events like 'New Zealand Fashion Week', to doing wedding makeup making brides look and feel gorgeous on their special day, to special events where clients need to look extra GLAM! I was 'National Eventing Artist' for SMASHBOX Cosmetics Traveling around NZ doing makeup for all types of Makeup Events (NZFW, Fashion Shows, Editorial, Make overs, Lessons one-on-one and group lessons). I worked for Cocoon Day Spa in Taupo specializing in Weddings, Special Occasions & makeup lessons. I have also worked for M.A.C Cosmetics and have traveled to Thailand and Australia with the brand.
It’s an absolute pleasure to be a Makeup Artistry Trainer at Cutabove Academy. It's amazing being able to share my knowledge with the students! I love teaching students about my passion and find it really rewarding watching their progress, gaining confidence and following their journeys in the makeup and beauty industry!
 I love and live by the quote “You are your own brand!”

When you’re part of the Cut Above team, you get to engage in…

Annual Staff Conference
Every January we take our team away for a very special annual conference for 3 full days jam packed with celebration, fun and learning.   This time together allows us to focus on the things that are really important to us and sets us up for the year ahead.

Some of the exciting destinations we have ventured to in the last few years are  Queenstown, Hanmer Springs, Samoa & in 2019 we were treated to the stunning Intercontinental in beautiful Fiji, the second time in 3 years.  


Refueling Day
In addition to our annual conference, we hold a mid-year event, spending the day sharing, (more) learning and celebrating our achievements! Our staff are pivotal to company success, so our mid-winter Refueling day leaves everyone feeling rejuvenated and refocused on the year’s remaining goals.

Professional Development
Along with our Annual Conference and mid year “Refuelling” day there are a number of opportunities for your Professional Development.  Our Trainer Team have a Professional Development Plan laid out over a four year period where they initially gain an Adult Teaching Qualification which we run “in-house” followed by an Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education Qualification, both offered for free.  As an Industry expert, we will provide you with the tools you need to inspire the next generation of Industry professionals. As our Trainers journey through their PDP they also increase in salary level to work towards a “Graduate” salary level.  

Choices are also available for all staff to apply for our inhouse “Leadership Development Programme” or to complete a Business Management qualification, an Adult Teaching Qualification at Level 6 and other Diploma options.  

Leadership Development Programme
This unique & innovative programme is designed to develop your leadership capability, skills, knowledge, self-awareness and confidence so you can have the opportunity to progress into a leadership role within our organisation.   If you aspire to a leadership role, then this is a life changing programme available for all staff to apply for!

You will meet 6 weekly for 2 – 3 days to journey through the world of leadership for 12 sessions covering key topics such as;

Emotional intelligence
The mental shift of becoming a leader
The art of listening
Effective presentations
Resilience and mental toughness
Behavioural profiling with Myers Briggs and DISC
Human Resource Management
Coaching & Mentoring
Operational Management
Self Assessment
Change Management
Financial Management
Managing Sales effectively
Event Management
Leadership competencies

Our Brand Story

We’re a big thinker, quick thinker, fast mover, first mover; an innovator, hungry, vibrant, vigorous, daring and grounded.  This isn’t a list. It’s who we are and how we do things. We’re not so much a glass half full, but a cup that runneth over, with ideas, energy and goodwill.  Students are our reason for being.  They give as much to us as we give to them. We want to be a power for good and develop students who are totally primed for the job market.  But we can’t do any of this by ourselves.  The roles of parents and schools are vital.  The industry is our ‘other half’. A partnership based on professional respect, mutual alignment and common goals.  The senses are important to us. Common sense, a sense of community, a sense of purpose and a sense of destiny.  We believe that fortune favours the brave.  We believe that fun and formality are different sides of the same coin.  We believe that the best teams have an unbreakable bond. And what does all this mean?  We are the ultimate, educational entrepreneurs.


Cut Above Academy is one of the trading names for the registered PTE Yoobee Colleges.