Former Coleg Cambria Beauty and Nail student and WorldSkills silver medal winner Sophie Quirk is using the skills she learnt during her time at college to run her own very successful business.

Sophie was a student at the college for 3 years gaining her Beauty and Advanced Nail Enhancement qualifications before leaving and starting her own beauty and nail business and has continuing support from the enterprise team at Coleg Cambria.

Whilst studying at the college, Sophie was approached to compete in the WorldSkills heats for nail services.  Whilst reticent at first, Sophie decided to take a chance and entered the competition.  From this she was invited to compete in the competition final in Birmingham where she won a silver medal.

Sophie said:

“Everything about my business has blossomed since the competition.  It all fell into place.  Having the medal confirms the quality and looking back my confidence and belief in myself has grown.”

Lynn Williams, Enterprise Champion at Coleg Cambria added:

“Sometimes all it takes is the confidence in your ability.  Sophie has the skills, she is a wonderful beautician and nail technician, but needed the confirmation that winning the medal gave her to realise this and take the plunge into self-employment. We will continue to support her whenever and wherever she needs it.”

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