Beauty Therapy Students Prepare for WorldSkills UK Competition

Three talented Beauty Therapy students from City College Norwich have been putting in extra hours of training in their own time as they prepare to take part in the regional heats of the WorldSkills UK Beauty Therapy competition.  The students will be competing against the best beauty therapy students in the region, with the aim of winning their way through to the national final on 26th June at Derby College.

City College Norwich Beauty Therapy students Ligia Rodriguez, Chris Bell (both studying at NVQ level 3) and Charmain Bale (NVQ 2) are proud to have been put forward by the college to take part in the WorldSkills UK regional heats.  The Eastern region competition will be held at Cambridge Regional College on Wednesday 2nd June.  The students with the highest points scores nationally, at each level, will then be selected to progress to the national final.  

The WorldSkills UK Beauty Therapy competition focuses on the role and tasks of a beauty therapist.  Competitors carry out a range of treatments which reflect both current and traditional beauty therapy treatments.  The competitors will be expected to demonstrate their skills in: warm waxing, manicure and facial plus day make-up (intermediate level); and consultation, body faradic treatment, full body massage and facial galvanic treatment (advanced).  The students will have to do all of this in a little under three and a half hours, and so will be under the pressure of the clock as well as the competition from their peers. 

Ligia Rodriguez, 18, has previous experience of WorldSkills UK competition, having represented the college last year in the regional heats which were then held at City College Norwich.  Ligia said: “After taking part in the competition last year I know what to expect and what the judges are looking for.  I love taking part in competitions as I like working under pressure.  It can be a little scary at first, but it is very satisfying to do your best in a competition.  Taking part in WorldSkills UK competitions is also something that looks really good on your CV and is something that employers are impressed by”.

For Charmain Bale, 16, this will be her first taste of taking part in a vocational skills competition.  Charmain said: “I am not really nervous, I am more just looking forward to the competition.  We have had to put in lots of practice and it has been hard work, but it is worth it to have this opportunity to take part in the WorldSkills UK competition”.

Chris Bell, 23, is also a newcomer to skills competitions.  Chris said: “I am feeling a bit nervous but I think it will be a good experience.  I am looking forward to seeing what the standards are like for beauty therapy in other colleges.  I want to do as well as I can in the competition”. 

Dick Palmer, Principal, City College Norwich said: “Skills competitions are a great way of recognising and celebrating excellence in vocational skills and I am delighted that City College Norwich is sending three of our Beauty Therapy students to the regional WorldSkills UK competition.  As a World Skills 2011 National Champion, a vocational skills version of the Olympics, I am absolutely committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in skills development.  The WorldSkills UK Beauty Therapy competition offers these students a great platform on which to demonstrate their skills and I wish them all the best of luck in the competition".