A CLECKHEATON hairdressing trainee is taking part in the National Qualifiers of the WorldSkills UK Competitions and hoping to prove he has what it takes to be named the best in the country.
Joseph Smith, who works as a trainee stylist at Krystal’s Hair and Beauty Salon on Cheapside and is a student at Bradford College, will compete against a host of other budding young stylists for a place in the WorldSkills UK Competition finals.
The WorldSkills UK Competitions involve a series of tests and are designed to enable the UK’s top apprentices and learners to build on their knowledge and showcase their employability skills. The competitions also enable employers to benchmark their apprenticeship and training programmes, raising standards across the UK.
Any students who are successful in the national qualifiers will be invited to take part in the WorldSkillsUK Competition finals at The Skills Show which takes place at the NEC Birmingham from November 17 to 19, this year.
Not only do the competitors have the opportunity to show they are the best in the UK but they could be selected to compete for a place in Squad UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
WorldSkills is the world’s largest skills competition taking place every two years.
The UK is currently listed seventh in the WorldSkills rankings following an impressive medal haul at WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015.
The WorldSkills UK Competition in hairdressing is run in partnership with Loreal Professional Products.
Speaking on behalf of WorldSkills UK Competitions, Dr Neil Bentley, said: “I offer my congratulations to Joseph and wish him the best of luck.
“WorldSkills UK Competitions are proven to enhance a person’s apprenticeship or training programme by enabling them to develop key character and employability skills. By using knowledge gained from competing nationally and internationally, we know we are working to benchmarks that will equip more young people with the right skills to help UK businesses better compete globally.”