Industry apprentices triumph at ‘Skills Olympics’

Beauty and hairdressing apprentices and students were amongst the UK winners at the WorldSkills Finals, held in Russia in August.

The event marked the 45th anniversary of the WorldSkills Finals, which takes place every two years and is considered to be the ultimate litmus test to compare countries' readiness to compete economically.

Celebrating acknowledgements within the beauty industry, Rebecca West (22) from Lewes took home Gold in Beauty Therapy, while hairdresser Phoebe McLavy (20) from Carmarthen won Bronze.

Commenting on the win, Rebecca (pictured) says: “I had no idea I was in the running to get Gold, this will change my life. I have put thousands of hours in to being the best and now I intend to celebrate.”

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO of WorldSkills UK expressed his pride in the team and the UK as a whole, saying: “This is a fantastic result and I couldn't be prouder. The members of Team UK, all under 25 years, championed the UK focus on skills development in front of a global audience, sending a strong message that the UK is a world-class place to invest, do business and create jobs.”