Student Polishes Up Skills Ahead of National Competition


Level 3 Beauty Therapy student, Stephanie Blower

A Beauty student at Walsall College is preparing to put her skills to the test in the final of a national competition.

Stephanie Blower, who is studying Level 3 Beauty Therapy, has qualified for the final round of the WorldSkills UK Nail Services competition after scoring the highest marks and impressing judges in a regional heat of the contest.

She will now compete against seven other students from colleges across the country in the final, which will take place during the annual Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham, 17 -19 November.

Contestants will be tasked with completing a full set of nails using a variety of different techniques and incorporating nail art in just three hours.

Curriculum Manager for Beauty at Walsall College, Jo Small, said: “Taking part in competitions is a great way for students to push their skills to the next level and reach their full potential. Stephanie has done an incredible job to get to the final and we believe she has what it takes to go all the way.

“The Skills Show attracts thousands of visitors every year and the competition will take place live during the show, which gives visitors the chance to watch and gain inspiration, so we are delighted that Stephanie will be representing the college and showcasing her skills and expertise in beauty.”

Stephanie said: “I still can’t believe I’ve made it through to the final as the standard of entries was very high. It’s given me a lot more confidence knowing I’ve got this far based on my skills. I’ve been practicing as much as I can and hope to do well in the final.”

Run annually, World Skills UK competitions aim to encourage people across the UK to excel in their vocational skill and help to lift standards of training and performance, promoting world class skills and international competitiveness.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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