Two learners from Level 3 Hairdressing at the Grimsby Institute, Beth McKeon and Kath Howard, have been announced as two of only eight trainee hairstylists from across the UK to make it through to the Final of the Hairdressing Council’s Student of the Year competition in October.
The Hairdressing Council’s Student of the Year title is one of the most sought-after titles by trainee stylists in the UK and is judged by some of the foremost professionals in the industry. Janice Yardley, the Grimsby Institute’s Hair & Beauty Department’s Commercial and Technical Manager, explained:
“This is an amazing competition for our learners and the successes of Beth and Kath, for making it through to the final, needs shouting from the roof tops. The judges are held in the highest regard in hairdressing fraternity and include celebrity hairdressers, Andrew Barton and Patrick Cameron, and the X Factor Hairdresser, Jamie Stevens – it’s going to be fantastic!“
The competition is especially important to everyone at the Institute because our former Head of School for Hair and Beauty who is now the Assistant Principal Workforce Development and Employability, Julie Moore, actually won the title herself when she was a learner here. If Kath or Beth were to win it would be like bringing the title home.”
Nineteen-year-old Beth McKeon has seen success in lots of competition’s this year including making the final of the Francesco Group Photographic Awards, the finals of the Wella Xposure regional competition and the regional finals of the AHT competitions. Beth said:
It was quite a shock but it feels brilliant to get through to the final. I’ve been quite well prepared for competitions by the staff at the Institute. One day I’d like to work for a big company and move to a city, winning this competition might even help me do that.
The winners will be announced at Salon International and will receive a host of prizes including a trophy, a day with Andrew Barton at his salon, lunch at the House of Commons and vouchers for a course with L’Oreal and Wella.