Worldskills UK Finals for Cornish contingent

An incredibly talented cohort of Cornish hair, nail and beauty students are set to showcase their skills at the final of a prestigious national competition.

An incredibly talented cohort of Cornish hair, nail and beauty students are set to showcase their skills at the final of a prestigious national competition. 

The Worldskills UK Finals at The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham sees the best nail and beauty therapy students in the country compete against each other, all having qualified through regional heats.

Truro and Penwith College has an impressive three students competing and Grace Dixon is looking to take home the Beauty Therapy Advanced title.

Speaking of her journey to the final, she said “placing second in the Cornish Skills event made me have faith in myself”.

“It was following this success that I decided to compete at the Regional World Skills UK competition, also held at the NEC Birmingham, and I won first place,” she continued. 

“These competitions have inspired me and it has definitely improved my confidence as a therapist. I am majorly thankful to the people who have helped me throughout these great experiences and I am really looking forward to the next stage.”

Advanced Nail Art competitor Jordan Bromley has already had a taste of the competition when she modelled for a Level 3 event at Worldskills last year.

“Watching the Advanced Nail Art competitors show off their skills gave me the inspiration to see how far I could progress myself,” she said.

“I'm so thankful for Worldskills and my lecturer Sarah Brenton for giving me this opportunity. To place first at regionals and then to get through to compete in the Worldskills UK Finals is just amazing.”

Helen Catherall, also an Advanced Nail Art finalist said “competition work is all about pushing boundaries – the products, the imagination and your own skills”.

“The harder you work, the better it gets and the better it gets the harder you work - that’s why I love it!”

Once the girls have finished competing, they have all been asked to demonstrate their talents on the Saturday for attendees of The Skills Show.

Hayley McKinstry, Programme Team Leader for Hair, Beauty, Complementary Therapies & Catering at Truro and Penwith College explained that “As we have three students in the final, which is more than any other college in the UK, we have been asked to showcase our students’ skills on the competition stand on the Saturday. This is a great honour for us”.

“They will be recreating their competition and our lecturers will be talking to the public about the importance of competition,” she added.

Hayley revealed that Truro and Penwith College has a team of dedicated staff that identify the potential in individual students from the beginning of their programme.

“We embed competition into all aspects of the curriculum and encourage all students to participate in our annual Cornish Skills competition,” she continued.

“This prepares them for the regional heats of Worldskills UK. We support the selected individuals and give them one to one training to ensure that they are ready to compete.”

Worldskills UK holds competitions for most vocational skills ranging from intermediate to advanced competitions so that students can enter at any level of study.

Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Nail Services are areas where the College is really successful and lecturers are still active in the industry, therefore able to fully support individuals to achieve their potential.

Hayley added that Worldskills is an excellent opportunity to develop skills that are required in the workplace, “employers respect the fact that students have participated in competition showing that they want to excel in their chosen career”.

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