Gold for South Thames College Student

Cregg McPherson's vision becames a reality

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Cregg McPherson has just won first place in a national World Skills UK competition for advanced Afro-Caribbean hairdressing. The South Thames student, who was born in Jamaica and now lives in South London, has entered various hairdressing competitions culminating in the gold award at the L’Oreal Academy for winning the World Skills UK challenge in the Afro-Caribbean category.

Described by his tutors as a very ambitious but humble person, Cregg not only creates wonderful hairstyles, but will also put together a total look with make-up and costume. His artistic flair gained him a place on the BTEC Production Arts course at South Thames.

Cregg already works as a senior stylist, but aims to open his own salon one day. He was one of the highest scoring students in the competition to date. Cregg says studying at South Thames and entering competitions has helped keep him focused: “The course has allowed me to be more professional, work effectively, improve my customer service and most of all I’ve enjoyed the scientific elements of hairdressing.”

He adds that the tutors at South Thames College have given him belief in himself as an artist.

Vocational courses at South Thames are designed to give students the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. World Skills UK, managed by UK Skills, is the country's premier set of quality assured skills competitions that aim to encourage people across the nation to excel in their profession.

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