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The sweet smell of success is in the air for beauty and complementary therapy students at Pembrokeshire College. Wiping the board at the recent WorldSkills regional heats, held at Bridgend College, the students came away with all six medals in the Aromatherapy and Reflexology competitions as well as first and second place in beauty therapy and nail art.
Judged on appearance, client skills, attention to detail, range of techniques and professionalism, the judges were also looking for that all important ‘star quality’ that would set competitors apart from the rest. As part of the competition, competitors were also encouraged to let their individual character sign through and create their own signature style through the use of coloured towels and accessories.
Up against competitors from Bridgend College, Coleg Sir Gar, Gloucestershire College and Cornwall College, judges commented on the exceptionally high standard of the skills and knowledge being displayed. Outshining the competition, the judges awarded all six medals to competitors from Pembrokeshire. First place in Reflexology went to Kathleen Thomas, aged 21 from Tenby, with first place in Aromatherapy going to Geraldean Swale from Pendine. Meanwhile Nicola Hughes, from Tenby, took home second place in both the Reflexology and Aromatherapy competitions with Esme Mott picking up third place in both competitions. In the beauty competition, Amy Hewett picked up first place with Beth Warwick coming second while in the nail art competition Oksana Cooper took home first place with Kirsty Bushen picking up second place.
After securing first place in the Aromatherapy competition Geraldean commented: “I am passionate about aromatherapy and winning this competition has encouraged me and given me the confidence boost I needed to make the change from teaching assistant to aromatherapist.”
Nicola added: “Entering these competitions has been a fantastic opportunity for all of us. Going into the competition I felt completely out of my comfort zone but it was an amazing experience and to come second in both of the competitions I entered just shows the quality of the teaching at the College.”
All competitors are now eagerly waiting to see if they have done enough to earn them a place in the WorldSkills UK final to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from 16-17 November. Finalists will be announced in July once all regional heats have been completed. The top ten highest scores from the 10 regional heats will go through to the UK final.
Cath Chapman, complementary therapies and beauty therapy tutor at the College, encouraged the girls to enter the competitions and commented: “We are so proud at what these learners have achieved. To come away with all the medals despite being up against some top performing colleges shows the exceptionally high standard at which each of the girls is working.” Fellow tutor Hannah key added: “They all put such a lot of hard work into preparing for the competitions and I am sure that they will go on to have successful careers in the complementary therapies and beauty industry.”
Pembrokeshire College offers a range of Beauty and Complementary Therapy qualifications and is currently interviewing students who wish to start a course in September 2012. For further details on these courses, please contact Admissions on 0800 9 776 788.