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HOW College brings WorldSkills to Worcester

01 July 2016

HoW College brings WorldSkills to Worcester

Heart of Worcestershire College brought the WorldSkills to Worcester earlier this month as they hosted the regional competition for hair and beauty.

Taking place in the fresh, modern and new surroundings of the College's St Dunstan's building, the competition saw 60 students travelling from as far as Scotland to compete in various hair and beauty heats, all with the hope of progressing to the national finals.

The categories competing on the day included 'Fashion & Photographic Make-up', 'Media Make-up Body', 'Beauty Therapy: Body' and 'Beauty Therapy: Face'.

As well as hosting the competition there was added success for HoW College with Amanda Seckham, a Level 3 Diploma in Make-up Artistry student, taking second place in the 'Media Make-up Body' category.

Competitors were given four and a half hours to complete a full body painting with a Cirque du Soleil theme.

Amanda's inspiration began with the definition of circus: 'A rounded or oval arena lined with tiers of seats; used by spectators'. With this as her starting point Amanda then linked the definition with the image of the sun and constellations and the idea that we are spectators before progressing to the sun/fire star sign Aries.

It was Aries that gave Amanda her final direction as she created the image of 'Aries the Ram' using a colour scheme of black gold and turquoise; representing the sky, the sun and the earth from where we spectate.

Speaking about the competition, Amanda said:

"I'm pleased with how everything went. The whole process was a lot smoother than I thought and I'm really pleased I took part in a recognised competition."

Nicky Carter, CRQ Leader for Hair & Beauty, said:

"Heart of Worcestershire College was selected to host the world skills at St Dunstan's and the staff and students thoroughly embraced the day, networking with other colleges and industry professionals. The work seen on the day was outstanding and inspired all. We are looking forward to hosting this event in 2017."