Hair and beauty students from Sunderland College have won a trio of awards at a regional competition.
They competed against students from 12 other colleges in the North East and will now travel to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens in March to take part in the AHT National Finals 2017.
Level 3 hairdressing students Adele Allen and Annette McCluskey, taught by hairdressing lecturer Debbie Oliver, triumphed in the ladies commercial cut and blow-dry contest, collecting first place gold and third place bronze medals.
Katie Richardson, a level 2 beauty therapy student, who is taught by beauty lecturer Tracy Mowbray, also secured a spot at the national finals after winning third place out of 40 competitors in the classical vintage Hollywood make-up category.
The competition, organised by the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists and held at the Federation Brewery in Gateshead on Monday, was judged by a panel of industry professionals.
Deborah Simpson, curriculum leader for salon professionals, said: “Our students have always done very well in this competition and this year is no exception. This event is the perfect platform for our hair and beauty students to showcase their skills in front of well-respected experts, while also helping to build their confidence.
“All of the students dedicated countless hours of their spare time to prepare for the competition and we are incredibly proud of their efforts and professionalism.”
The coveted national finals on March 13 will see the top three winners from each category of the seven regional heats compete for gold as well as a financial prize.
Deborah added: “We are really looking forward to seeing Adele, Annette and Katie compete against other talented students in the national finals at Blackpool which is a massive honour in itself. They have the backing of the entire hair and beauty department and we will all be rooting for them.”
All students on hair and beauty courses at Sunderland College are now taught from the newly-opened City Campus, a flagship hub for vocational programmes.
The high-tech campus features a professional salon and barbers kitted out with industry standard equipment and top quality learning spaces.