Hairdressing students proved that they can ‘cut it’ as professionals in a SAKS hair and beauty competition at the Maltings College, Halifax.
The new college, which has been operating under a pilot scheme and will open under the national Free School Programme in September, aims to bridge the gap between employers and young people through industry based placements.
National hairdressers SAKS provide staff to educate and train students with industry expertise.
SAKS education national training manager Mandy Durkin said: “The standard of work has been unbelievable and students efforts in planning, team-work and preparation has been incredible.”
Year ten and 11 students from Hipperholme and Lightcliffe School, who have been attending the work-related educational hub for one day a week, were given a bridal and prom theme design brief, in the end-of-year competition.
The winners of the bridal theme were students Nicole Greche, Elisa Norton and Sophie Hunter.
Sophie said: “It’s great to see how the bridal industry operates.”
Year 11 winners of the prom theme were students Bethany Leigh, Lauren Gregg and Jade Timperley.
Level two diploma SAKS sponsored hair and beauty students have been studying and working in industry based placements two-days a week.
The competition design brief for the post 16 students was a fantasy theme.
Three teams of level two students created styles on Alice in Wonderland; Butterflies; and Medusa.
Medusa’s creator Stacie Ellis, 16, said: “We wanted to be creative so decided to use snakes in our model’s hair.”
The creators of ‘Butterfly’, Shona Kilvington and Lottie Beaumont, stole the show and won the fantasy theme category modelled by Emily Whitaker.
Shona said: “In playing to our individual strengths, we’ve worked as a team.”
All teams considered costume and make-up and styling of the hair including blow-dry, set, pin-up, and use of heated appliances. The overall look collaborated clothing, make-up and accessories - to complete the desired style.
SAKS Maltings Salon is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s.