Hairdressing, Barbering, Beauty and Media Make-up students from Northumberland College will be competing at this year’s Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) national finals after tremendous regional heat success.
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 round.
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 round.
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 support.
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 visit www.northumberland.ac.uk or call 01670 841200.