Student wins prestigious hairdressing competition

New College Durham Level 3 Hairdressing apprentice, Georgia Midland, won first place at the Northern heat of the WorldSkills UK Hairdressing Competition which took place in Liverpool.

20 year old Georgia from Langley Park, County Durham, is the first apprentice from New College Durham to get through to UK Skills Northern heats in hairdressing. Georgia is currently employed at The Salon in Langley Park, owner Michael Embleton was ecstatic and said he had every faith in Georgia to win.

Georgia demonstrated outstanding hairdressing skills at the UK heat in the following categories: long hair styling, gents cut and blow dry and cut and colouring techniques. The competition involved working to strict timelines for each category against students from further education colleges from across the country.

Each category was judged by Worldskills manager, Linzi Weare, and Richard Howells, who is the lead educator for L’Oréal and sponsor of UK Skills.

Georgia said: “I didn’t think I would actually get picked for the UK Skills competition, let alone win it! I would like to thank my college tutor, Lindsay Deswert, and my employers Michael Embleton, Alan Armstong and stylist Patrick McNicholas for giving me this amazing opportunity.”

Lindsay Deswert, Programme Leader for Level 3 Hairdressing Employability and Skills, was delighted with Georgia’s success. She commented:

 “I am very proud that Georgia was picked for the UK Skills heat, and for her to win is amazing!”

Georgia will find out the second week of September if she has been chosen as one of the top eight students to represent the UK in hairdressing in November at the NEC in Birmingham.