MET student, Flo Traini-Cobb, 31, has won a bronze medal at the WorldSkills National Finals Awards Ceremony, hosted in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.
The awards ceremony, which took place on Friday 17 November, was to celebrate the best in young students, with pupils competing in categories ranging from Engineering to Hospitality.
Flo was studying our Level 3 Hair and Media Makeup course and won the award for Creative Media Makeup. She has since gone on to study our Level 2 Barbering course.
Expressing her joy, Flo said: “I feel good to have had recognition for the hard work I put into the course and then the competition.
“Starting again, doing barbering, and then also doing the competition alongside that has been a lot to juggle
”But, it has been a really positive experience and I feel really pleased that I did it.”
Flo first looked at doing the makeup course a decade ago when she was a teenager, but she ended up doing a filmmaking degree. However, over the years Flo struggled to find her passion. She added: “I’ve never had a job I’ve been passionate about, I’ve always had other creative things going on.
“During the Covid pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, I figured it was time to figure out what I wanted to do, and do something I feel passionate about.”
That led Flo to Brighton MET, and the Hair & Make Up Level 3 course. She revealed: ” I really enjoyed it from the beginning, it was everything I had expected to be learning.
“On the course you get taught a really wide range of stuff, and it’s all really interesting and enjoyable to learn about.”
In terms of what her future holds, Flo is keeping her options open:, “I’m kind of just open to applying for stuff and I’ll see what comes up”. She also did not rule out taking more courses, saying “I always want to do more courses…if I can do hairdressing after this, I’ll do that, I love learning and I get a lot of excitement from it.”
Flo had some key advice for those who are looking to study and follow in her footsteps, “I think if you are questioning that you might want to do something, to just kind of go for it because you’ll never know until you try!”