East Durham College Triumph At Hair & Beauty Competition 2011

A team of Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy students from East Durham College have been crowned ‘Best College’ at the North East England regional heats of the prestigious Association of Hairdressers and Therapists Competition 2011.

This is the first time in over 10 years of competing at the regional heats the College has won the top honour, defeating long time reigning champions South Tyneside College.

The highly competitive event, which took place on Monday 14th February at the Federation Brewery in Gateshead, saw the EDC students battle it out against hundreds of other students from 9 other colleges from across the region.

The teams competed in 13 different categories of the regional heats for a place in the national AHT final. These ranged from catwalk make-up and face & body painting to ladies evening style to nail art.

An impressive performance by the East Durham College team saw them collect two firsts, two seconds and four thirds as well as a number of other placed students that all added up to the best overall score and the Best College Award.

The first place winners were Ken Ball in the Men’s Commercial Cut & Finish competition and Courtney Williams in the Evening Style with Ornamentation.

Part time student Ken Ball, who is 43 and from Consett, is a fire fighter, and works as the District Commander for Peterlee, Seaham and Wheatley Hill - with the County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service.

Ken only enrolled on the Level 2 Barbering course in September, as he had always fancied having a go at barbering as a hobby.

Ken said: “I was really chuffed to win, it was fantastic. It really was a reflection of the hard work and skills of my tutors, as well as the help I have received on work placement with Nuts Barbers in Leadgate, Consett.”

“I was so pleased for the whole team and the College that we also won the overall best college too.”

Fellow individual winner Courtney is only 14 and from Easington. She trains at East Durham College as part of the 14 to 16 vocation skills programme that the College runs in conjunction with local secondary schools. “I can’t believe I came first, I was speechless” said the Easington Community Science School pupil.

“We are thrilled with the results,” said Simon Smith, Curriculum Leader for Hair & Beauty. “All the students competing did a fantastic job against a very high standard of competition and are now hoping to continue their success at the AHT national final.”

“To finally win the Best College award is wonderful and a testament to the hard work of all the staff and students, not only at the competition but over recent years.

“All the students really enjoyed the experience and the event is a great way for them to test their skills and creativity. Plus with all the trade stands and demos that take place they get to learn more about the latest developments in the industry.”

A number of the team will now go on to compete against the cream of the UK’s up-and-coming talent from over 50 colleges across England, Scotland and Wales at the AHT National Final at The Blackpool Winter Gardens Hair Festival to be held on Monday 14th March.

Full list of winners:

Firsts:

Ken Ball                          Men’s Commercial Cut & Finish
Courtney Williams          Evening Style with Ornamentation

Seconds:

Charlotte Leatherby         Evening Style with Ornamentation
Samantha Chandler        Face & Body Painting (Theme: Circus)

Thirds:

Jasmine Rudkin               Blow Dry suitable for every day
Airina Dimdaviciute          Ladies Evening Style
Michaela Brownless         Commercial Nail Art (Current trends available in a salon)
Abigail Ramshaw,
Alison Parsley,
Ben Anderson,
James Rainey,
Samantha Prices &
Samantha Smith              Total Look Team (A night at the theatre)