Kim Shaw, from Heath Hayes, was representing the South Staffordshire College at the World Skills UK, in a regional heat at St Helen’s College. The competition rewards excellence in vocational training, and hundreds of students compete against others in their trade to win the accolades.
The 38-year-old is a part-time therapist at brand-new salon, La Minky, which opened at Dawtry Stables in Watling Street earlier this month, specialising in both men and women facial and body remedies, from intimate waxing to relaxing aromatherapy.
Kim’s specialities at the salon are Swedish massage, hot stone therapy and facials, and she studies alongside her work at the Cannock campus of South Staffordshire College, where she hopes to gain a Level three Beauty Therapy RVQ.
Kim was up against ten students, and had to demonstrate her back massage and exfoliation skills by giving three 45-minute treatments.
After coming second, she must now wait to see if she will progress,as the top ten scores will be chosen to compete in the final.
“I was really proud of my achievement, and delighted to come second, as the competition was of such a high calibre,” said Kim.
“This has really spurred me on to compete in similar competitions in the future, with the continued support of my colleagues at La Minky, and the college.”
Salon owner, June Laing, said she wasn’t at all surprised to hear the college had entered Kim in the competition, as she recognised her talent long before she came to work for her.
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“I asked her to come along and do a facial/massage as her trade test, and as soon as she started the massage routine l knew instantly that she was special – she worked the muscles like a true professional, someone who had knowledge and understanding of what she was doing and why she was doing it, not just going through the motions like so many other therapists.
“l am very proud of her achievement, she works hard to be the best at what she does,” she added.