BABTAC Ltd, the British Association for Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, has announced its sponsorship of the UK Beauty Therapy Competitors who are in training for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. 

The UK has delivered a consistently strong performance in the Beauty Therapy Competition at WorldSkills with Rianne Chester, the most recent competitor, winning Gold at São Paulo in 2015.  Rianne was also recognised as the highest scoring competitor at the Competition and was presented with the coveted Albert Vidal medal, the first time a UK competitor has ever been awarded the honour.

Currently in training as part of Squad UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi are:

  • Isla McLarty who works at Experience Health and Beauty and trains at City of Glasgow College. 
  • Kaiya Swain who trains at Lewes Sussex Downs College.

Jason Phillips, BABTAC and CIBTAC Chairman said:  “The British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) are delighted to sponsor the UK candidates competing to represent the UK in the Beauty Therapy Competition at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. As unwavering advocates of maintaining the highest level of professionalism and standards in the industry, BABTAC are honoured to be able to support a team striving to showcase their abilities as such a prestigious event. We wish both Isla and Kaiya all the very best and look forward to following their journey.”

Isla and Kaiya will be trained by Jenna Bailey MBE who runs Jenna Bailey MBE Training and Consultancy.  In March next year they will compete for the one place to represent the UK in Beauty Therapy at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

Jenna Bailey MBE, UK Expert for Beauty Therapy said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of BABTAC and we will work with them to deliver a comprehensive training programme for the competitors.  Both Isla and Kaiya have a challenging journey ahead of them but they are determined to show just how talented the UK’s beauty therapists are.” 

As part of her training, Isla will represent the UK at EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016 which takes place from 1 to 3 December.

Competing in international skills competitions enables the UK to share best practise in apprenticeships, further education and skills with countries around the world, raising standards on a global scale.  

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “We look forward to working with BABTAC Ltd to train the competitors in preparation for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 and we thank them for their generous support. 

“By using the knowledge gained from competing at WorldSkills, we know are working to international benchmarks that will ultimately equip more young people to help UK business better compete globally.”

The UK is currently seventh in the WorldSkills rankings after winning three Gold, four Silver and two Bronze medals at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.

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