Eastleigh College was pleased to host the two-day WorldSkills UK South-East Regional Heat for the Beauty Therapy and related sector competitions, sponsored by VTCT. The College facilitated the event with salons, registration zones, competitors’ and judges’ rooms, PC and internet access, changing rooms, refreshment and presentation areas, as well as staff support to contestants from across the region.
WorldSkills UK aims to encourage young people and adults to aspire to go as far as possible in their chosen profession, testing their skills to the highest level. The competition takes part in regional heats before going to the national finals which will be held at The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham from 13th to 15th November 2014, where the competitors will be hoping to win Gold, Silver or Bronze in front of an audience of over 75,000.
Tony Lau-Walker, Chief Executive at Eastleigh College, presented the delighted winners with their certificates at the end of both days. He commented “Eastleigh College is delighted to have hosted the heat and we have enjoyed welcoming students in from all over the south-east region. It’s really important for young people to take part in competitions such as WorldSkills UK. It’s a great opportunity to test yourself under pressure and see how well you can perform. Hopefully we will have some winners from our area taking the top spots in the final!”
Erin Kelf, a student at Great Yarmouth College, was awarded first place for Advanced Beauty Therapy. She said “It’s brilliant I’ve won, I’m really pleased! I was nervous to start with but thrived on it. The whole experience today has been really good, Eastleigh College has good facilities and all the staff have been very welcoming.”
Chanel Jarvis, also a student at Great Yarmouth College, agreed adding “I’m really happy to have received second place for Advanced Beauty Therapy. The day has been great, the set up here has been ideal.”
The Eastleigh College Board and Senior Management Team have launched an ambitious strategy for the period 2020-24 that sets out the College’s priorities to see more learners, be more successful, more often.
The College has remained open throughout the Covid-19 pandemic for many learners and as from September 2020 all learners (including those planning to attend at College House) have returned to a full high-quality education programme as per government guidelines.