The competition, which aims to recognise and reward exceptional
skills and achievements of trainee hairdressers and therapists saw
finalists from around 50 College's from across the UK including the
Midlands, North East, North West, South, Scotland and Wales come
together to compete on Monday March 13 at the prestigious Winter
Gardens in Blackpool.
The College were able to compete in the finals after securing
ten places in the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT)
national final after success at the regional heats in Gateshead
during February with students placing in the top three of nine
different categories including Cut and Blow Dry, Ladies Evening,
Nail Art, Fantasy, Barbering, Body painting and Gender
Out of the successful regional heat hairdressing competitors, it
was 29-year-old Level 2 Hairdressing student Natalie Lashley from
Ashington who secured an impressive first place award in the finals
for her Ladies Evening look, which included styling her models hair
into an elegant chignon with ornamentation, make-up and an evening
In the 'Fantasy Total Look' competition, 25-year-old Level 2
Hairdressing student Katie Wilkinson from Haltwhistle secured third
place for her creative look which involved styling hair, make-up
and a costume for her model.
Michelle Tait, Course Team Leader for Level 2 Hairdressing at
Northumberland College said: "I am immensely proud of the work that
has been produced from our learners. It's a great start to their
careers and I have confidence that they will go far in their chosen
From the College's Barbering department, Level 3 student,
42-year-old Trudie White from Hexham, managed to secure fourth
place in the overall finals for her Fantasy Look.
Trudie, who has previous completed Level 3 Hairdressing with the
College, was the highest scoring student of the regional heats back
in February in the Fantasy Look category, for her 'Ice Queen
fantasy look' which included adding flashes of blue colour to her
models hair, bold make-up and a back combed hair style, creating a
wild icy look full of definition and texture.
Further success came from Northumberland College's Level 3
Diploma Nail Technology students in the commercial Nail Art final
as students 28- year-old Jade Gibbs from Morpeth, secured a
fantastic first place followed closely by fellow class mate
29-year-old Rebecca Hunter who placed second.
Helen Tate, Northumberland College's Course Team Leader for
Level 2 and 3 Nail Technology, said: "Jade and Rebecca were
outstanding on the day of the competition and they were astonished
about how well they did, we have now registered for World skills as
this experience has boosted their confidence and motivation to
exceed in the competitive world of the nail industry."
As well as, Media Make-up students from the College's School of
Art, Design and Media competed, who as a department, were competing
for only the second time in this competition.
In the regional qualifiers, Level 3 students 17-year-old Chelsea
Watson from Morpeth came third in Gender Transformation and
16-year-old Stephanie Watson from Cramlington came second in body
painting category in the regional heats to secure places in the
finals and both gained excellent experience from the
Media Make-up course team leader, Karen Lightley said: "Media
make-up is a new creative course at Northumberland College for
students passionate about a career in TV, theatre of film, working
as a make-up artist. To get through to the UK finals was an
achievement in itself and I could not have been prouder of
Northumberland College's Academy Head for Hair and beauty, Andy
Brown, said: "I am so proud of all our students for getting this
far and to accomplish what they have is an unbelievable achievement
as well as being a testament for the time, effort and skills all
the staff have shared with their students."
He added: "By competing in high profile regional competitions,
our learners gain valuable experience that they
can continue to use when they enter the world of work and
events like this can be life changing for some of our students and
without a doubt a fantastic enhancement to their CV."
The Association of Hairdressers and Therapists was founded in
1963 by a group of hairdressing teachers as a national network of
like-minded specialists who exchanged good practice and
Members of the AHT include teachers, trainers or assessors of
hairdressing or therapy subjects, who are either working towards or
currently hold teaching/assessing qualifications.
Anyone wishing to find out more about Hair, Beauty and Media
Make-up courses offered by Northumberland College should visit www.northumberland.ac.uk or call 01670 841200.