Hayley Wright to represent UK at WorldSkills 2011
Hayley Wright has beaten off the competition to be select as the one beauty therapist to represent the UK at Worldskills 2011. Wright, 19, a former beauty therapy apprentice from Bridgwater, knocked competitor Katie Wright (no relation) out of the running during the four-day final this month. The two finalists had previously been selected during local heats held across the UK. Hayley Wright will now represent the UK at WorldSkills London 2011, which takes place at ExCeL from October 5 to 8, 2011. WorldSkills is the world's largest international skills competition with young people from across the globe competing and representing 46 different trades from graphic design to electrical installation. At the competition, 1,000 competitors from over 50 countries will compete. The event will also offer visitors impartial advice and guidance on careers and apprenticeships. During WorldSkills London 2011, Wright will compete against beauty therapists from all over the world and they will be judged on their level of skill, accuracy and speed in completing projects. From now until WorldSkills in October, each competitor will be in training to prepare for the WorldSkills environment by acclimatising themselves to working under time pressure and in competitive conditions. Wright said: 'It is a huge honour to have been selected to represent the UK at WorldSkills London 2011. I hope this opportunity will allow me to showcase how apprenticeships can lead to successful employment and career opportunities.' Skills Minister John Hayes said: 'Those representing the UK at WorldSkills will play a hugely important role in bringing the value of vocational skills and practical learning to national attention. I offer my warm support and congratulations to every member of the team.'