Hairdressing students win place in national final

Hairdressing students win place in national final  
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A group of hairdressing students have secured their place in the national final of the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists’ UK Trainee Competition, which will be held in Blackpool later this month.

The Northumberland College students sailed through the North East Area heat, which was held at the Federation Brewery in Gateshead, each winning a medal and a certificate.

Four out of the top five places of the Level 3 Skills Colour Challenge were won by Advanced Hairdressing Apprentices - Kim Clark (first), Brodie Jacques (third), Georgia Sankey (fourth) and Kate Robson (fifth).

22-year-old Kim Clark, from Widdrington works at Neish hairdressing in Ashington. Her manager Michelle Neison said: "I'm very proud of Kim's achievement in the regional competition and I wish her all the best for the final in Blackpool.

"The structured training programme of a hairdressing apprenticeship is ideal as it gives students time to learn both the theory and the practical skills needed to be a successful hairdresser." 

19-year-old Kate from Pegswood, who works at House of Marley in Blyth, was also placed second in the ladies cut and blow dry competition. Kate will be hoping to be as successful as her colleague Calum Hall, who won gold in the national competition last year. Calum has since completed his Apprenticeship and is now working as a full-time stylist at the salon.

First and second place of the ladies blow dry were awarded to college students Kayleigh Oxley and Skye Morgan, respectively. Courtney Turner was third in the Ladies Avant Garde round.

Representing the college's Hexham centre in the ladies evening style competition were Melissa Howdon and Laura Whitehead. 28-year-old Melissa came first and Laura was third.

Denise Dunn, Head of Faculty at Northumberland College said: "I'm so proud of the students' achievements and of their tutors whose expert tuition has helped them to get to where they are. They kept calm under pressure and produced some fantastic hair styles. They have done incredibly well to gain a place in the national final and I hope their talents are recognised in Blackpool.

"Competitions like this one are a great way to motivate students and encourage them in their learning and it does wonders for their confidence!"

Apprenticeships are a great way to develop practical skills on the job whilst earning. Northumberland College offers a range of hairdressing courses and Apprenticeships from its centres in Ashington, Hexham and Berwick.