Hairdressing and barbering students on Anglesey demonstrated their "exceptional" skills at a college competition recently.

The Work Based Learning students at Coleg Menai, who learn their trade with real-life work experience, were put to the test in a day of competitions at the Llangefni campus.

Tutor Laura Evans said,

These learners showed exceptional skills at the competition this year, setting a high benchmark for next year.

They all demonstrated passion, commitment and enthusiasm.

The hair competitions are held annually for barbering and hairdressing students to showcase the skills they have acquired at college and in the workplace.

Those successful at this stage go on to compete at the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai-wide competition, which involves students across Coleg Menai, Coleg-Meirion Dwyfor and Coleg Llandrillo.

The Llangefni contest was judged by three former work based learning students who have since gone on to run their own successful businesses. Daniel Oates, of Danny's Barbers in Bangor won the barbering competition, while Alaw Gilford of Urban M, Bangor, Catherine Welty of LA Studio, Amlwch, Cayla Evans of One.a Caernarfon and Lauren Jones of HQ, Bangor won the Level 1 categories.

Gwennan Jones of The Salon, Menai Bridge, won two competitions for the Level 2 students and Tesni Jones of Poise, Bangor, won the Level 3 competition while Helen Margett won the Avant Garde prize.

Laura added,

Taking part in our in-house competition gives the learners the chance to showcase their skills and gain experience which they can take forward to bigger competitions, such as World Skills, that are always available to them throughout their time at college.

It's a great opportunity to expand their skills and build confidence and motivation, which will enable them to excel in their career.

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