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Beauty student gets set to take on the world in national skills competition

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A teenager from Suffolk is hoping for success at a competition called WorldSkills after securing a spot in the second round of this national contest.

Angel Kelly, 17, from Ipswich is studying on a level two beauty therapy course at Suffolk New College.

In the first round of the competition, she had to take part in three activities, showcasing her skills in terms of nail polish, make up and using face masks.

After sending off her work to judges, she has been selected to take part in the regional heat that will take place at Walsall College on Thursday 8 June 2023.

If successful here, Angel will go forwards to the national WorldSkills finals in Blackpool where she will aim to become part of Team UK, who will go head to head next year with contestants based in colleges from other countries in a ‘Skills Olympics’.

Angel said: “I’ll be competing against the best of the best. I’m nervous and excited. It will be a good experience and I’ve been practising hard. To represent my country would make me so happy. It’s an amazing opportunity.”

Angel Kelly with her tutors.

Jane Woolley is head of hair and beauty at Suffolk New College. Jane said: “It’s great recognition for the College. This could be huge for Angel.”

Hayley Mcglone is a beauty therapy lecturer. Hayley said: “Angel is very committed and we are so proud of her.”

(WorldSkills ( is a series of student skills competitions that take place throughout the UK. If successful in the final stages of the competition, winners have the chance of being selected to become part of a Team UK squad where they get to represent their country internationally.

Posted 7 June 2023