Francesco Photographic Winners

Hairdressing students are a cut above

Talented stylists trained by City of Wolverhampton College proved they were a cut above by picking up a clutch of medals at a national styling competition.

Hairdressing apprentices and students from the college scooped top awards in the Francesco Photographic Competition 2014, which took place at Birmingham Town Hall on Sunday.

Twenty-year-old apprentice Amelia Painting who works at salon Royston Blythe was awarded first place in her category, while her colleague Eleanor Nicholls, 19, came third.

Amelia Painting's winning entry
Amelia Painting’s winning entry

Meanwhile in the first year college section Amy Jackson, 27, was crowned winner, while Alice Hogarth, 21, came third in the third year category.

The four students had all been shortlisted after submitting a photo of a cut, colour and finish inspired by a recent hair trend.

Programme Coordinator Sue Cole said: “Our students and apprentices were up against some tough competition, and it is a credit to all their hard work and dedication that they have done so well – I am thrilled with the results. It’s a marvelous achievement.”

The annual competition is open to all of the Francesco Group’s college partners across the UK, enabling students to compete against each other in three year groups.

To find out more about hairdressing apprentices or full and part-time courses at the college ring 01902 836000 or visit the website

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