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:

  1. Hair Stylist
  2. Junior hairdresser
  3. 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

  • This is an individual competition
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation
  • Competitors must be familiar with the core competencies (these can be found in the’ Useful resources’ section below) and have achieved or working towards an Entry Level 3 (England & Wales), Level 2 (Northern Ireland) or Access 3 (Scotland) in the last 12 months
  • This competition is designed for SEND learners who have statement of learning difficulty/disability

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 28 February – 1 April 2022

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

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

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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