Student nails gold at national competition!

A beauty student from Stoke on Trent College has won first place in a prestigious national competition.

Forty-one-year-old Andrea Gordon from Etruria won the UK title for Advanced Nail Enhancement at the World Skills competition (November 16th).

Andrea’s 3D fantasy nail art, which was inspired by Alice in Wonderland, wowed judges at the competition, staged at the NEC in Birmingham as part of The Skills Show.

Given the theme of “mysteries” ahead of the event, Andrea had just two-and-a-half hours on the day to bring her design to life which included light-up, diamond encrusted magic mushroom, a teapot pouring tea into a cup, and a Cheshire cat with flashing eyes.

Andrea, who studied nail art as well as theatrical and media make-up at Stoke on Trent College, now works at Masquerade based at Slater’s country hotel and craft village, Baldwins Gate, where she does hair, nails and bridal make-up.

Andrea said “All the design had to be made out of acrylic and I wanted to get something magical on to the nails.

I’m chuffed to bits to win gold and still coming back down to earth following the event.

I’m now looking at more competitions and there are some in professional make-up coming up and even the Nailympics next year!”

Rachel Lea, tutor for beauty at Stoke on Trent College, said “I am just so proud of Andrea and her achievement.

She has worked really hard and it’s no less than 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.”

Stoke on Trent College also had national finalists in the advanced web design category as well as in bricklaying. The World Skills 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.

Chelsea Colclough and Shannon Matthews, who study Interactive Media at the college, and Lee Buxton, who has recently completed his advanced apprenticeship in Bricklaying, were amongst the UK’s finest young talent competing at the event. It follows their success at regional heats staged earlier this year.

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

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