A Weston College former beauty apprentice has spoken to the Department of Education about how earning while she learned has changed her life.
Hayley Wright, of Chilton Street, Bridgwater, was chosen as an ambassador by the National Apprenticeship Service to give a video conference about her experiences to Government officials.
The 20-year-old said: “I was asked a lot of questions about being an apprentice, the competitions I’d entered and what it has meant to work and learn at the same time.”
Last October Hayley was awarded a Medallion of Excellence at the 41st WorldSkills competition, held at London Excel.
She’d already fought off huge UK competition over three years to be chosen as a member of the British squad and went on to scoop joint eighth place at WorldSkills.
More than 200,000 visitors watched the four-day marathon skills test during which Hayley competed for an exhausting 22 hours.
The WorldSkills UK Team is made up of 40 world-class vocational competitors trained in a variety of skills including mobile robotics, graphic design, carpentry, catering and mechanics.
It is the largest unique biannual competition in the world involving around 1,000 apprentices and students, aged 18 – 24 in 46 skill areas.
Around 5,500 young people competed to be chosen for the British squad and Hayley was congratulated at the House of Commons and Buckingham Palace.
Hayley is now training to become an assessor at Weston College, in North Somerset, and teach and prepare other apprentices for competitions at a regional, national and international level.
She added: “I want to become a lecturer and inspire other young people. I wouldn’t be where I am now without the College and being an apprentice was the best thing I ever did.”
Weston College Head of Apprentices in Beauty, Hair, Barbering and Nails, Tanita Veal, said: “Hayley started here aged 16 and has been outstanding and I’m delighted she’s returned to work at Weston College.”
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