The Foundation Skills competitions have been created to showcase the skills of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), additional learning needs (ALN), or who require additional support for learning (ASL), who are currently undertaking a course with an FE or training provider at Entry level or level 1.

These competitions provide opportunities for students and learners to develop their vocational skills, wider skills for work, personal, social and independence skills.

The competition is an opportunity for young people who may be aspiring to work in the Hairdressing industry to showcase their talent and demonstrate their journey towards work-readiness. Some examples of the job roles available might be:

  • Hair Stylist
  • Junior hairdresser
  • Salon Assistant

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Customer service skills

  • Health and Safety

  • Creativity

  • Attention to detail

  • Team working

  • Innovative

  • Hygienic

  • Interpreting customer requirements

Entry criteria

The competition is for learners with SEND with an Education health & Care Plan (EHCP) on a vocational, employability or work-skills programme. It is roughly equivalent to a vocational qualification at:

  • Entry Level 3 (England and Wales)
  • Level 2 (Ireland)
  • Access 3 (Scotland)

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 27 February – 24 March 2023

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

The National Qualifiers will take place on the week commencing 19 June 2023, Via remote streaming using Teams.

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

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