Success for students in national competition

Donna Maddison (left) and Natazha Chambers won the regional heats of the WorldSkills UK competition.
Donna Maddison (left) and Natazha Chambers won the regional heats of the WorldSkills UK competition.

Four students from the Isle campus of the College of West Anglia had success in the regional heats of the WorldSkills UK competition.

Students on Beauty Therapy, Nail Technology course scooped 1st and 2nd places in their competition heats held in Edinburgh, while two hairdressing students qualify for regional semi-finals held in Hammersmith on June 18.

WorldSkills UK is a portfolio of skills competition activity managed by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with organisations from industry and education. This competition activity comprises pre-vocational, national and international skills competition activities for both young people and adults.

Briony Willoughby on the Nail Technology course from Wisbech won first place in her competition by creating nail art using gel and acrylics with enhancements, while Sylvia Loveridge from Wentworth took second place. Both girls are now waiting to hear if they have made it through to the UK finals late this year.

Natazha Chambers from Wisbech and Donna Maddison from Outwell, both Level 3 hairdressing students, qualified for the regional semi-finals by creating an emerging commercial hairstyle. They will now attend the L’Oreal professional academy on June 18 for the semi-finals.

Carole Gallagher, programme manager for Hair and Beauty, said: “All our students who entered the competition worked really hard and have done the college and the Hair and Beauty Therapy Department proud. We are proud to support the UK Skills competitions as they are an excellent way of building student confidence and competence.”