Weston College apprentice set for Rio after scooping gold in national beauty finalWeston College apprentice set for Rio after scooping gold in national beauty final

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By YouPR | Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 11:06

Weston College's Apprentice of the Year 2011 has won Gold in a national competition which could see her compete on the world stage.

Beauty Therapist, Emma Rogers, of Nyland, Cheddar, won top prize at the WorldSkills Finals in Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre last weekend (November 17th).

WorldSkills is the world's largest unique biannual competition involving almost 1,000 apprentices and students, aged 18 to 24 in 46 skill areas.

Around 5,500 young people compete for a place in the British squad.

The British team is made up of world-class vocational competitors trained in a variety of skills including mobile robotics, graphic design, carpentry, catering and mechanics.

Emma, 20, is now set to join an elite national squad and train for the international WorldSkills contest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2015.

Emma said: "We were judged performing three intensive treatments, which was extremely tough. I had to explain in detail to the judges what we were doing while undertaking the treatments, and was even assessed on how I walked!

"It was an incredible feeling to be announced as the winner among such tough competition, including two girls who have previously represented England."

Weston College Head of Apprentices in Beauty, Hair, Barbering and Nails, Tanita Veal, said: "Emma has been an outstanding apprentice since she started.

"She won the Intermediate Beauty Therapy UK Skills competition at Edinburgh in her first ever competition and hasn't looked back since."

As well as being mum to Charlie-James, 2, and competing for WorldSkills, Emma opened her own business, Beauty by Emma, in Church Street, Wedmore on November 9th.

She said: "I was profoundly dyslexic at school and had a son at a young age, but I've tried to make the most of every opportunity I've been given and overcome any hurdle put in front of me.

"With the wonderful support of everyone around me and Weston College, I've been able to start my own business and won gold at WorldSkills' national final.

"It's an amazing feeling and I can't wait to compete in Rio."

Another Weston College apprentice also took Highly Commended in the competition.

Laura Henson, 18, of Nailsea, who works at Broad Street Hairdressers in Backwell, showed off her hairdressing skills, including a cut and colour.

Tanita added: "Both girls worked extraordinarily hard, have shown total commitment and thoroughly deserve this amazing achievement."

For more information on courses and apprenticeships at Weston College telephone 01934 411 411 or go to www.weston.ac.uk

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