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Apprentice shows he's a cut above the competition

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 08, 2014

Matthew Wilson, already gaining recognition and still only an apprentice

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AN APPRENTICE from City of Wolverhampton College showed off his flair for hair when he scooped third place in a top hairdressing competition.

Matthew Wilson, aged 21, who works at The Coach House salon in Tettenhall while attending college for day release, scooped third place in the West Midlands heats of the World Skills UK Competition at Stoke College on June 11.

As part of the competition he had just four and a half hours to show off his cut, colour and finish skills on a mannequin in front of a team of judges. Programme Coordinator Sue Cole said: "It takes a great deal of time and dedication to prepare for a hairdressing competition such as this, and I am delighted that Matthew has done so well and that his talent has shone through.

"A huge thanks must go to Allyson Clewlow, who runs the salon with husband Steve, who has supported and prepared Matthew for the event."

Matthew is now hoping he has done enough to make it through to the National Finals, which take place at The Skills Show from 13–15 November, 2014, where the competitors will be aiming to win Gold, Silver and Bronze in front of an audience of over 80,000.

World Skills UK inspires young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.

The national competitions are designed to test competitors' skills in a range of critical elements that demonstrate excellence in their chosen trade.

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