Kerry ETB Student Wins First Prize In National Skills Competition

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Ciara Daly (left) Winner in the Ireland Skills National Beauty Therapy Competition 2017 , Tara O’Halloran Cronin National Chief Expert Ireland Skills and Lavinia Murphy, Runner Up.

A KERRY ETB student won a top award in a national competition last week.

Ciara Daly from Listowel was awarded first prize in The Ireland Skills National Beauty Therapy  Competition 2017 at Kerry ETB Training Centre.

The Ireland Skills National Beauty Therapy Competition was held at Kerry ETB Training Centre last Monday and Tuesday.  Two Kerry women were awarded first and second place in this prestigious national competition.

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Ciara from Lartigue, is a student at the ETB Beauty Therapy Traineeship at Kerry ETB Training Centre in Tralee. She is currently doing her work experience part of the course modules at Glamour Salon in Listowel.

Ciara as the overall winner will receive a Department of Education and Skills Silver Medal of Excellence as National Champion in Beauty Therapy.

The other finalists included Lavina Murphy from Tralee who is also a student of Beauty Therapy at ETB Training Centre.

She was placed second and is currently doing her work experience module at The Spa in Ballygarry House Hotel Tralee.  Nicole Williams from Tallaght in Dublin was placed third.

Tara O’Halloran Cronin and her judging panel, Cerena Duffy from Dun Laoghaire ETB and John Twohig representing Ireland Skills put the competitors through their paces covering recognised tasks and skillsets in Beauty Therapy linked to standardised world skill-sets.

These included Advanced Facial Treatments, Spa Body Treatments, Evening Makeup and French Nails, Hair Removal and Fantasy Makeup and Nail Treatments.

Beauty Therapy instructor Tara O’Halloran Cronin has responsibility for Beauty Therapy training at Kerry ETB Training Centre.

Tara said she was delighted that Kerry ETB Training Centre are asked again to host the competitions and she added; “It’s all about recognition, we are held in very high esteem because of the standards we set and the training work we do here in Beauty Therapy.  Our former trainees have achieved success in their careers in Kerry and beyond and our reputation has grown nationally and internationally”.

The annual Ireland Skills Competition is one of the most prestigious events in the crafts calendar. It attracts the best trainee crafts persons from around the country to compete for first place in Ireland and win the coveted Department of Education and Skills, Silver Medal in their respective skill areas.

A follow up stage to this National Competition will also be held at The ETB Training Centre in Tralee in April.

The three finalists in the national competition will compete again and the overall winner will represent Ireland at the World Skills Competition 2017 in Abu Dhabi later this year to compete for the International gold medal.

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