Gosport college is named training centre of excellence

St Vincent College, Gosport, won training centre of excellence at The News Hair and Beauty Awards. Picture: Helen Tinner
St Vincent College, Gosport, won training centre of excellence at The News Hair and Beauty Awards. Picture: Helen Tinner

Praise for outstanding school

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IT WAS twice the delight for a college as it was named training centre of excellence for the second year running.

St Vincent College, in Gosport, was chosen as the best at The News’ Hair and Beauty Awards on Saturday.

More than 350 stylists, beauticians and therapists attended the awards ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall to celebrate the best in the hair and beauty industry.

Lecturers and students from St Vincent were delighted to be given the first award of the night for being the best training centre.

The college also won the training centre of excellence category at last year’s awards.

Caron Butcher, lecturer, said: ‘It is amazing.

‘We had such a fantastic time last year and we were really pleased to win so we thought we’d enter again.

‘We have amazing students that work hard all the time. They are innovative and driven.’

Lecturer Jamie Martin said: ‘It is nice to be recognised for all the effort the students have put in.

‘The fact we are recognised by the community we work in is great, we are so grateful.’

Students were accompanying their lecturers on the night.

Anne-Marie Evans, 25, of Gosport, who is studying level one City and Guilds hairdressing, said: ‘They have treated me so well. They are very dedicated teachers and they give us their all. They are fantastic.’

Alexandra Chance, 34, of Gosport, is about to graduate from the second year of a level two City and Guilds hairdressing and barbering course.

‘She has already secured a job at The Mane Hall, Stoke Road, Gosport.

Miss Chance said: ‘It has been brilliant. It has instilled a lot of passion in me.

‘The teachers have been brilliant. It’s all about going out there and being professional.’

The runner-up of the training centre of excellence award went to Haha Academy, North End.

This year there were awards in 14 different categories.

The News will be running a series of stories all week highlighting a selection of winners.

Ryan is an ace apprentice

HE’S only been qualified for six months and this talented barber has already built himself a reputation as being one of the best.

Ryan Searle, from The Library Barbers Club of Southsea, won the apprentice of the year award at The News’ Hair and Beauty Awards.

The 21-year-old from Havant finished an intensive course at the London School of Barbering in January and his talent is already being noticed.

Ryan was nominated for the award by his boss Josh Carroll-Smith so the win was a surprise.

‘It was quite a shock,’ he said.

‘I’m over the moon.’

The winners and the runners-up in full

Training Centre of Excellence of the Year

Sponsored by Changes Clinic of Excellence

Runner-up: Haha Academy, North End

Winner: St Vincent College Hair Academy, Gosport

Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by St Vincent College

Runner-up: Sammie Elliott - Garbo’s Hairdressing, Southsea

Winner: Ryan Searle - The Library Barbers Club of Southsea

Best Bridal/Special Occasion Stylist

Sponsored by Portsmouth Cultural Trust

Runner-up: Dominic Belo - Benjamin James Hair Vision, Chichester

Winner: Annette Bradford - Elegance Bridal Coiffure, Waterloovile

Junior Stylist of the Year

Runner-up: Georgia Simms - Bodyworks Hair & Beauty Clinic, Havant

Winner: Harry Bailey - The Terrace, Southsea

Nail Technician of the Year

Runner-up: Hannah Murphy - Hill Head Hair and Beauty

Winner: Laura Ashton - Crystal Tips, Stubbington

Colour Technician of the Year

Runner-up: Steven Christie - Lisa Edwards, Fareham

Winner: Kate Eaton - Andrew Price, Hilsea

Cosmetic Therapist of the Year

Runner-up: Aarti Denning - Changes Clinic of Excellence, North Harbour

Winner: Virek Shrivastva - Changes Clinic of Execllence, North Harbour

Beauty Therapist

Runner-up: Becci Gibbons - Diamond Quay, Fareham

Winner: Stephanie Kynaston - The Beauty Boutique, Gosport

Barber of the Year

Runner-up: Lucie Nowak - Benjamin James, Chichester

Winner: Dan Lee - The Terrace, North End

Hair Stylist of the Year

Sponsored by milk_shake

Runner-up: Sasha Francis - Headromance, Havant

Winner: Andrew Robertson - Garbo’s, North End

Beauty Salon of the Year

Runner-up: Q Hair and Beauty, Chichester

Winner: The Westbourne Beauty Clinic, Westbourne

Hair Salon of the Year

Sponsored by Good Salon Guide

Runner-up: Lisa Edwards

Winner: Review

Readers’ Choice

Sponsored by The News

Runner-up: Diamond Quay

Winner: Headromance

Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by Wave 105

Winner: Ann Loader - Fringe Waterlooville