Anita scoops silver in WorldSkills nail competition
A talented Gloucestershire College Nail Technician student has won silver in the national finals of the 2015 WorldSkills UK Nail Art competition, which forms part of the UK’s largest skills and careers event showcasing professional and technical training across a range of industries.
29-year-old Anita Banfi, a former carer and full-time mother from Gloucester, has always been interested in beauty and art, and was able to combine the two by studying the Level 3 Nail Technician Course at the College – giving her the skills and knowledge to be able to compete and succeed at a national level.
She said: “I am really happy I’ve won and think it’s an impressive result; to win silver in a national competition is feedback that I must be doing well!”
The competition theme was ‘Wonders of the World’ and Anita began by researching everything from ancient buildings to modern architecture – but the competition involved a lot more skill than initially expected.
She added: “As part of the preparation I had to design the clothes and prepare the model, including hair decoration, make up, hand and body painting, and jewellery. I also had to practice how to make the nails for the right hand within two-and-a-half hours to ensure I would finish on time.”
Anita was nominated to compete by her lecturer, after she won the 2014 EZ Flow national Butterfly Bride competition to design the look for the front page of leading international nail magazine Scratch.
Curriculum Leader Emma Long said: “Anita has been a keen and willing student from the start of her nail qualification. We had no doubt that she would create a fantastic entry for WorldSkills UK, for which she came first in the regional heat and then achieved silver in the finals. I cannot express how proud the Beauty Team is of Anita for this achievement – she truly deserves it and I am confident she will go on to win more awards as well as make an excellent nail technician.”
Anita is now self-employed working as a mobile nail technician. She said: “In the future I want to open a salon and would also like to teach people what I know. But my ultimate dream is that every single customer I work with is happily and proudly wearing the nails I made for them!”
“I love Gloucestershire College because here there are opportunities for everyone – from engineers to media professional and beauticians. There is life here and everyone is friendly and professional at the same time.”
Those who would like to follow in Anita’s footsteps can start with the one-day professional OPI Gel Polish course starting in January, or study the Level 3 Nail Technician course starting next September.
Visit www.choosegc.co.uk for more information or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.