College students celebrate success at regional hairdressing competition

Hairdressing students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) are heading to the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) national finals in March after scooping six awards at the regional competition, held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on 6 February 2017.

First year apprentices Emily Wheeler, Chloe Rowley and Chloe Meir blew away the competition in the first year blow-dry category, finishing in first, second and third place respectively. Senior apprentice, Bethany Anderson finished in first place in the cut and blow-dry category and third place in the fantasy category and Emily Wright finished third in the ladies evening style category.

All five students will go now head-to-head with students from across the UK in the national finals, due to take place on Monday 13 March. The Association of Hairdressers and Therapists was founded in 1963 by a group of hairdressing teachers as a national network of like-minded specialists who exchanged good practice and support.  Members of the AHT include teachers, trainers or assessors of hairdressing or therapy subjects, who are either working towards or currently hold teaching/assessing qualifications.

Anthony Keates, Head of Hairdressing & Beauty – Work Based Learning, at Newcastle-under-Lyme College said: “By competing in high profile regional competitions, our students gain valuable experience that they can use to help them progress in the workplace.  The students did themselves and the College proud and the latest collection of awards shows just how hard they have been working.”

He added: “We have had many award successes throughout the years at the AHT finals, and we are really looking forward to cheering everyone on at the ceremony in March.  We wish the whole team the very best of luck as they compete on the national stage.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about the award-winning Hair & Beauty courses offered at Newcastle-under-Lyme College should visit or call 01782 245254.

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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