Student Nailed it!

A beauty student from Stoke on Trent College has been crowned UK champion in Advanced Nail Art after wowing judges at a prestigious competition.

Twenty-three-year-old Jade Catchpole from Market Drayton, won the UK title for Advanced Nail Art at the WorldSkills UK competition on Saturday November 20th.

Jade took to the stage at the NEC in Birmingham, as part of The Skills Show. Her 3D Olympics themed nail art, which was inspired by Prince Harry and the Invictus Games, went on to clinch her the top spot despite stiff competition in the category. Jade, who comes from an armed services background, wanted to raise awareness for the sport “Prince Harry is such an inspiration”, said Jade.  “He helps those who have been physically and emotionally wounded from fighting for our country.  It’s not a well-known sport so I thought I would share this theme at world skills to encourage support and awareness”.

Given the theme ‘Olympics’ ahead of the event, Jade had just two-and-a-half hours on the day to bring her design to life. Her impressive design included poppies, slate and camouflage as well as military vehicles. all made out of acrylic.

Jade studies nail art as part of her diploma in Spa Therapy at Stoke on Trent College.

Jade said: “It was amazing to achieve the best in the country award. I was speechless.  I’m now left with a constant lifetime smile and a great achievement.  I would recommend doing the World Skills competition to anyone – it was so tough but I nailed it!”

Rachel Lea, tutor for beauty at Stoke on Trent College, said “Jade has worked so hard and it’s great to see her get the recognition she deserves.

As a college we pride ourselves on the professionalism and high standards of the training we provide to our students. This is testament to our continued commitment to produce excellence.”

It is the third year a student from the college has won Gold in the Advanced Nail Art category.

The WorldSkills UK competition is stage annually and sees students from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales competing in regional heats before the best go on to the finals.

Fellow Stoke on Trent College student Kayleigh Moston also competed in the nail art final.

The event is the single biggest showcase for vocational training, skills and careers in the UK.

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