Creative students at Stockton Riverside College are proving that they have got the world at their fingertips after securing places in the regional heats of WorldSkills UK.
The competition offers up and coming talent the chance to compete on the national stage, with individuals going head-to-head with fellow students from across the UK.
Having impressed judges in the preliminary stages of the competition, Dion and Crystal will now go on to face tough competition in the regional contest at Rotheram College next month.
Taking her place in the hairdressing competition, apprentice Dion, 18, of Middlesbrough, said: “I was surprised when I found out I had got through. There’s so much competition. To have got this far is an achievement.”
To scoop her place in the regional heat she had to demonstrate a full restyle, using cut and colour. Dion created a vibrant lilac bob.
In the regional heat she will now recreate that look but this time up against the clock. She will also complete a men’s haircut and a hair pin-up.
She said: “I am nervous but also excited. Looking at it from the bigger picture it will be an amazing experience.”
For Nail Services student Crystal, the competition is an opportunity to show just what can be done with nail art.
Having grown up decorating nails for family and friends, she now loves learning the finer techniques at College.
Entering the competition simply to have a go, she is taking the experience in her stride.
The live competition will test Crystal’s ability to create a pink and white French finish using a medium of her choice, plus two red nails on one hand. On the second hand she must create a themed commercial design using advanced nail art techniques.
She said: “I am excited to see how it goes, you can only do your best. It will be fun to see what other people are doing.
“Nails these days are becoming more and more elaborate. There’s so much you can do.”
Students that successfully pass the regional heats will be in with the chance of securing a place at the WorldSkills UK national final, taking place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham later this year.
Stockton Riverside College’s Nail Services lecturer Sarah Little said: “WorldSkills is not just about winning. It is the accolade of being selected to take part. To be deemed good enough to go through to the live heats is huge.”
Good luck to both Dion and Crystal.