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There’s no time to relax for complementary therapy students at Pembrokeshire College after they scooped four medals at the recent WorldSkills UK regional heats held in Birmingham.
This is the fifth year that the College’s complementary therapists have come home with a collection of medals in the regional heats. This year medals went to Lauren Edmundson who secured gold in Aromatherapy and Nikki Phillips who picked up silver in Reflexology while bronze medals went to Demi Hindley in Aromatherapy and Annalea Lawrence in Reflexology.
As part of the intense competition competitors were assessed against a number of criteria including the professionalism of their consultation, appearance, health, safety and hygiene, the treatment itself and the quality of the aftercare advice given to the client – all aspects that the girls will need to draw on as they embark on professional careers in the industry.
On returning from the competition the award-winning students demonstrated why they are some of the best in the UK when they held a pamper day to raise funds for local charities.
With the continuing success of the College’s complementary therapy department, the girls look sure to have a bright future ahead of them but for now there is no time to relax as they prepare for the UK final to be held at the NEC, Birmingham during November. Complementary therapies tutor at the College, Cath Chapman commented: “I still feel an overwhelming sense of pride every time one of my students brings a medal back to Pembrokeshire. The department has built an incredible track record for success in skills competitions and the girls push each other to perfect their skills and their treatments – there is a great sense of camaraderie on the course which is pushing the students to be the very best that they can.” Fellow tutor Hannah Key added: “I am sure that these students will have no difficulty in securing employment in the sector on completion of their course.”
WorldSkills UK is a high profile set of skills competitions for young people and adults. They run regionally and nationally every year in around 70 skills with the aim of lifting standards of training and performance to promote world class skills and international competitiveness.