Students and staff at Stoke on Trent College are celebrating after winning four awards in a prestigious national hair and beauty competition.
Hair and beauty learners from the college travelled to Blackpool Winter Gardens on Monday, March 16th, for the Association of Hairdressing and Therapists national final where they placed in four out of the five categories they entered.
The group from Stoke on Trent College was made up of full-time learners and School Link students who spend one day in college alongside their school studies.
School Links student Molly Purcell, who attends St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, won first place in the 14+ Blow Dry category, with Megan Clee, from Endon High School, placing second. Each had to blow-dry their models hair to a professional standard in an allocated time.
Fellow School Links student Jordan Moran, who attends Excel Academy, mirrored her success from the regional heats by clinching first place in the 14+ Face Painting category. The fiercely fought category required competitors to complete a professional design on a model which was themed around Disney.
Full-time student Marlena Luczak, who studies hairdressing at Stoke on Trent College, was awarded 2nd place in the Ladies Evening style for her original hairstyle design.
Marlena teamed up with make-up student Ellie Mirs to clinch 4th place in the Team Bridal category, which sees them work together to create a bridal look of their choice.
Rachel Ogilvie-Lea, Beauty lecturer at Stoke on Trent College, said: “We are thrilled that the students were recognised for their outstanding talent on a national stage.
“Their hard work and commitment has certainly paid off and they are a credit to themselves as well as the college.
“As staff, we are committed to helping ensure our students have access to the best possible opportunities and the competitions help them build confidence, get inspired and thrive.
“At this level they are competing against people working in the industry and entering in to the trade from right across the UK, so picking up an award at this level is something to really shout about.
“They are not just getting the skills they need, they are getting the experience and recognition that is going to make them stand out from the crowd moving forwards.”
The Association of Hairdressers & Therapists was founded in 1963 by a group of hairdressing teachers as a like-minded network of specialists who exchanged good practice and support. Members are teachers, trainers or assessors of hairdressing or therapy subjects, who hold or are working towards teaching/assessing qualifications. There is an annual seminar for updates on skills, National Standards, Qualifications, Education and Training Initiatives, Manufactures and Specialist Demonstrations. Student Competitions are held annually at regional and national level.
Anyone interested in hair and beauty courses at Stoke on Trent College should visit www.stokecoll.ac.uk or call 01782 208208.