The North East heat of the AHT took place earlier this month at
The Federation Brewery, Gateshead and college's from across the
North East competed against each other in a range of categories,
including ladies blow dry, gender transformation, men's cutting,
commercial blow dry, evening style and a group hair and make-up
Regional heat competitors who have qualified for the National
finals include, 16-year-old Paige Taylor who secured first place in
the commercial blow dry competition.
Paige, who is an Apprentice at The Venue, a salon in Ashington,
attends college once a week said: "I can't believe I secured first
place in the commercial blow dry competition. This success has
built my confidence greatly and I'm so excited to represent
Northumberland College and compete in the national finals against
colleges from across the UK in March."
Northumberland College Hairdressing lecturer, Paul Emmerson,
said: "I'm so proud of all our students for getting this far and to
achieve 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."
Other success from the College's School of Hair and Beauty
include students gaining first place in the cut and blow dry, third
in commercial blow dry, first in gents blow wave, first and second
in the nails category and second in the men's blow dry and styling
Media Make-up students from the College's School of Art, Design
and Media competed and placed third in the team event and second in
the gender transformation heat.
Karen Leightly, Northumberland College's Media make-up level 2
and 3 course leader, said:
"Media make-up is a creative course at Northumberland College
for students passionate about a career in TV, theatre of film,
working as a make-up artist and saw terrific results, with three
students placing with medals. To get through to the UK finals for
the third year running is a fantastic achievement. The competition
was stiff but the girls were successful and I couldn't have been
prouder of them."
The national finals competition, which aims to recognise and
reward exceptional skills and achievements of trainee hairdressers
and therapists will see 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
12 at the prestigious Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
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 please
or call 01670 841200.