Following her summertime success in a regional competition, a former West Nottinghamshire College beauty therapy student is off to Blackpool next week to feature in the national finals.

Level 2 beauty therapy student Sophie Davies took part in the regional heats of the beauty therapy World Skills 2022 at Walsall College in June, following completion of her course, and is now heading to be one of 500 finalists who will be competing for gold, silver and bronze.

The competitions, which will take place in venues across the four corners of the UK, include Barking & Dagenham, Belfast Metropolitan, Blackpool & The Fylde, Cardiff & Vale, Edinburgh and Middlesbrough colleges, which will host a total of 62 finals in the week commencing 14 November.

In the regional summer heats, Sophie, 23, performed a back massage, exfoliation and cleanse, followed by a bridal make-up and manicure. Her skills placed her in the top eight in the UK!

Tutor Kate Taylor said: “We were over the moon that Sophie has achieved a slot in the finals. The college has never had a beauty therapy finalist at the World Skills before and we’re so excited for her. She has been getting lots of extra practice to take with her to Blackpool in November.”

Sophie said: “I really enjoyed the competition I never thought it would be anything I’d put myself forward to do but I’m so glad I did. The nerves really hit me when I got to Walsall College, time felt like it was going super slow waiting for them to come and collect me. However, once I arrived in the room I felt a lot better.

“I enjoyed every second of it and when I got the results telling me I was a national finalist I really couldn’t believe that I made it into the top eight of the whole UK. I’m so excited to go to Blackpool and still can’t believe it!”

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