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Toowoomba hairdressing students show off their skills during challenging competition

WorldSkills Australia competitions are the ultimate test for vocational education and training students, and provide an opportunity to showcase the skills developed both on the job and during training, to fellow competitors, teachers and industry-experienced judges.

TAFE Queensland’s hosted WorldSkills regional competitions for hairdressing and beauty services students this month, with manufacturing, engineering, construction, and building technology trade competitions scheduled in October.

TAFE Queensland Leading Vocational Hairdressing Teacher, Leeana Youngman, believes being involved in a WorldSkills competition is not only confidence boosting for participants, but helps hone the practical application of their skills for the workplace.

“Our WorldSkills regional competitors gained a sense of confidence in the hairdressing skills they’ve developed so far, both at work and during the course of their training with TAFE Queensland.”

“The competitors were marked on a wide range of criteria, from current fashion trends in women and men’s haircuts, colouring techniques and up-styles, to communication and consultation skills, workplace health and safety practices and sustainability practices,” said Ms Youngman.

Hairdressing students had the chance to work closely with TAFE Queensland’s hairdressing teaching team leading up to the event, to ensure they were well-prepared for the time pressures of a competition environment.

“Our team has encouraged students to be a part of the WorldSkills competitions for many years now. It’s such a valuable experience,” she advised.

We provided competing students with the opportunity to practice hair styling, assistance with finding models, answering any questions and explaining the rules of competition.”

WorldSkills regional competitions officially kicked off around the country during National Skills Week from August 27 to September 2.

Successful competitors progress from the regional round of competitions to the three-day national championships, with the ultimate goal of competing on the world stage as part of the highly trained Skillaroos team at the international WorldSkills event.

Competing in WorldSkills can open the door to life-changing career and training opportunities for vocational educational and training students, and highlights their commitment to professional development in their chosen career.