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SGS host South West Inter-College competition for second year

SGS College’s Stroud Campus hosted the South West Inter-College Hair and Beauty competition last week, for the second year in a row.

Taking place on 20th April, the event saw 25 students currently studying courses from levels 1-3 in Hair, Beauty and Media Makeup Artistry from colleges across the South West compete for the title. The colleges that took part were:  Wiltshire College (Trowbridge Campus), Weston College, Heart of Worcester and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Students were tasked to create a Movie Theme overall look with their ideas reflected in hair, makeup, nails, outfit and a mood board. This culminated in a catwalk and final presentation of awards and prizes.

In total eight students were presented with awards in various categories and levels. Lauren Woodward, winner of the Level 3 Hair category says: "I was really surprised that I won, it was the first competition I have ever entered. The standard of work produced by other students was so high, but I put in a lot of effort and really enjoyed the day. I have been inspired to enter more competitions in the future and all the staff at SGS were really supportive of my ideas. It was nice to meet the judges and I really liked the small touches like the goody bags and the trophies it made it all worthwhile"

Kim Vining, Salon Co-Ordinator said: “This was a great opportunity for the students. They were able to show case the skills they have learnt at college and be able to compete against others on the same level and course.”

With many top judges from the industry including, Scott Brown from GHD, Alan and Madeleine Bills owners of Dauphine of Bristol, Tina Lewis owner of The Beauty Spot Salon in Bristol, Monica Robin ex Royal Forest of Dean College tutor, who now works at Finesse Salon in Coleford and Laura Withers Manager of Spa Naturel Bristol.

The event was sponsored by VTCT who also deliver valuable training on a regular basis to tutors at SGS. VTCT provided winner trophies and Lynda Whitehorn, Business Development Manager of VTCT and also Chair of the Hair Council presented awards on the day. Lynda commented: “Wow, it was such a pleasure to be part of another incredibly exciting and successful competition event. It was a brilliant showcase of incredible creative and inspirational talent. Congratulations again to everyone who took part.”

Gill Cameron Head of Department at SGS added: “I am exceptionally proud of the effort that was made at the 2016 South West Inter-College Competition.  Events like this offer exciting opportunities for hair, beauty and makeup students to showcase their talents.  This years ‘Movies’ theme was particularly well executed by participants and each year the bar is set higher and higher.  I would like to personally thank the visiting colleges for their participation, VTCT regional managers for their contribution to the awards and prize giving, our six guest judges for the difficult task of scoring each participant and to my amazing hair and beauty team at SGS for the organisation of the day.”

Sam Phillipson Level 2 Beauty student at SGS said: “I really enjoyed the whole experience of being in a competition and I am very competitive.  I had input from tutors from different areas to enhance the look I wanted to achieve and found them very approachable and helpful.  I was nervous but really excited about the day.”