VTCT director of business development Nic Robinson

Barnfield College in Luton will host the national final of the WorldSkills UK beauty and related therapies national competition this Saturday.

The event is being supported by the sector's leading awarding body, VTCT, and will see students competing in a full range of treatments from waxing to manicuring.

"The competitions allow students to meet and work alongside others in a similar position and not only flaunt the skills they have acquired, but also gain new insight from seeing their peers performing new techniques. Competing also helps prepare learners for employment and provides them with a sense of pride and achievement," said VTCT's director of business development, Nic Robinson.

"The standard of competition is incredibly impressive. In previous years, entrants in categories such as Media Make Up and Nail Art have produced stunningly imaginative, innovative designs, transforming their models into works of art. Whilst competitions such as Reflexology and Beauty Therapy see contestants showcase their skills in a thoroughly professional and proficient manner – such expertise in such a time-pressured environment is truly impressive to see."

Pete Birkett, chief executive of Barnfield College, said: "We are thrilled to be hosting the finals of the WorldSkills UK competition, particularly as we are Eastern Region Ambassador for WorldSkills 2011. The live competitions are an excellent way for trainee or recently trained practitioners to put their skills into practice, and participating is a brilliant way to support them in preparation for employment as a beauty practitioner.

"Barnfield College students are encouraged to aim for excellence and the WorldSkills competitions provide an ideal chance for them to showcase their talents, while enhancing job prospects for the future."

The national winners of advanced beauty therapy will earn the chance to compete for a place in the UK squad for the international WorldSkills Competition, which will take place in London in 2011.

Barnfield College's deputy head of computing and IT, John O’Neill, has also been named as the new training manager for 2011's British team.

The top training role will see Mr Mr O’Neill traveling across Britain to coach and mentor teams planning for a major British effort in an event that will see students from around the world competing in 40 different skills competitions.

Mr Birkett commented: "I am delighted that Barnfield and John are playing a significant part in preparing students for WorldSkills 2011 - this appointment is in recognition of John’s great abilities. I am sure John will rise to the challenge with enthusiasm and commitment."

 

 

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