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A Bradford college student was celebrating earlier this week after she picked up a silver medal in the regional heats of World Skills UK.

Level Two Beauty Therapy student, Mehwish Butt, scooped the accolade in the Intermediate Beauty Therapy Category, after beating off stiff competition at Kirklees College.

Her credible finish means the passionate beautician also qualified for the national finals of World Skills UK where she will compete against beauty therapy students from across the UK at the NEC Birmingham in November.

QUALIFIED: Mehwish Butt has advanced through to the national finals of the World Skills UK Intermediate Beauty Therapy Category after clinching a silver medal at the regional heats, pictured here with tutor Sinead Somers

QUALIFIED: Mehwish Butt has advanced through to the national finals of the World Skills UK Intermediate Beauty Therapy Category after clinching a silver medal at the regional heats, pictured here with tutor Sinead Somers

Commenting on winning Silver in her chosen category, Mehwish modestly remarked: “I didn’t expect to win at all. My tutors had confidence in me and supported and encouraged me all the way.

“I’m now really excited about the next stage of the competition.”

The competition showcases some of the most talented apprentices, employees and learners, who battle it out in competitions ranging from Forensic Science to Floristry to be named the ‘best in their region’ in their chosen skill.

Taking part in the competition enables competitors to build on their skills, test their knowledge against their peers in industry and showcase their potential to employers.

Supportive tutor, Sinead Somers praised Mehwish’s commitment to her learning and said she was thrilled to see her progress into the next round.

She said: “Mehwish came to us with quite a lot of Beauty Therapy experience that she’d gained in Pakistan.  It was great to have her on the course and see her blossom into an excellent therapist.”

Mehwish originally studied Beauty Therapy in Pakistan and came to the UK to advance her skills.

Elaborating further Mehwish added: “My tutors have been fantastic and have helped me develop my skills further – I feel I have learnt a lot.

“I now have a greater understanding of the theoretical side of Beauty Therapy, as well as the practical and I’m now more aware of Health and Safety.”

Last year Bradford College students picked up two gold medals in the World Skills National Finals.

A further ten students will be hoping to gain the opportunity of adding their names to that prestigious list once they compete in the regional heats of: Hairdressing, Nail Services, Media Make Up and Advanced Beauty Therapy, later this week.

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