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WBTA Annual Awards/Charity Ball - 2015

We are delighted to announce that this year's Annual Awards/Charity Ball will take at the Manor Park Country House on Saturday 21st November 2015.  The theme for the evenings competition is 'Carnival' and we are all very excited to see the amazing creations from the hairdressing and beauty students.

Competition Categories

Hairdressing Levels 1, 2 and 3

Barbering Levels 2 and 3

Beauty Levels 1, 2 and 3

Criteria for the competion can be found by clicking here and entries must be received at the main office by close of business on Monday 9th November 2015.

We will again be recognising students and employers and ask you to make your nominations as soon as possible.  Nominations must be received by close of business on

Monday 9th November 2015 and there are three categories: -

Student of the Year 2015

Salon of the Year 2015

Employer of the Year 2015

Nomination forms can be found by clicking here.



We are excited to welcome Jasmine from the X Factor who will be making a guest appearance on the night.


Maggie's Charity @ Singleton Hospital

Money raised this year will go to Maggie's Charity at Singleton Hospital and Barclays Bank have kindly agreed to match fund any money raised - up to the value of £1,000.00.

Tickets are on sale now £25.00 including a meal.  Attire is black tie and evening dress - smart casual will also do.

If you have any queries please contact your Assessor who will be happy to help or ring the office on 01639 680067.


QSA Annual Awards Evening 2015

Congratulations to Phil Taylor, who has been honoured with an Apprenticeship Role Model of the Year Award from CAVAC (Cardiff and the Vale College Apprenticeships) at the National Museum in Cardiff on March 11th 2015.
The lavish event was the second Annual Awards ceremony held by the Quality Skills Alliance – a consortium of work-based learning providers made up of 24 partners and subcontractors. The awards celebrate both excellence and achievement, and the winners were chosen by a panel comprising the QSA’s chair and representatives from the Confederation of British Industry and the Welsh Government’s Department for Education and Skills.
The award was based on the vast amount of learners that Phil has put through their apprenticeships. Taken into consideration for this award, was the tribute he received from Wbta in October for his Lifelong Commitment to Hairdressing and his dedication to the school program at Gadsby.
This is what Wbta had to say about Phil
Phil has regularly placed Learners with WBTA since 2006, including himself when he achieved his Level 3 in Hairdressing in 2008. He has also helped out as part of the team that delivered the Salon Services Program to the Year 10 and 11 pupils of the local schools. His unique and flamboyant character was a great hit with all the pupils and his accounts of how he had grown his business, helped to inspire these pupils to reach for goals they had otherwise thought to be out of their reach.
Wbta would like to congratulate Phil on his success and thank him for his continued support.
“I’m overwhelmed – this was so unexpected,” Phil said of his award. It’s amazing and it’s nice to have all of your hard work noticed. It’s most important that we have apprenticeships as it can really help people get started in their chosen career.”



New Essential Skills

The current Essential Skills Wales (ESW) and wider Key Skills qualification will be replaced from September 2015 by a new suite of qualifications encompassing seven essential skill areas:
• Literacy (qualifications will continue to be titled ‘Communication’)
• Numeracy (qualifications will continue to be titled ‘Application of Number’)
• Digital Literacy
• Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
• Planning and Organisation
• Creativity and Innovation
• Personal Effectiveness.

Communication and Application of Number will have a revised assessment model at levels 1-3, consisting of a controlled task and confirmatory test; there will be no change to the assessment model at Entry level. We also understand the Level 4 ESW qualifications (which City & Guilds does not currently offer) will be discontinued.

Digital Literacy is also expected to have a ‘task and test’ end-assessment at levels 1-3, and will likewise be available from Entry 1 to Level 3.

The four remaining skill areas will be combined into a single qualification in Essential Employability Skills – again likely to be available from Entry 1 to Level 3. As with the other new essential skills, there will be no ‘portfolio’ assessment; instead candidates will complete a holistic controlled task involving individual and team working. It is anticipated that this qualification will be graded (pass/merit/distinction).

Whilst the revised Essential Skills qualifications will not form part of the Welsh Bac, they will continue to be used extensively within Apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning, as well as in adult/community settings. The Essential Skills for Work and Life QCF qualifications and units (3846) will also continue to be available alongside the ‘full’ Essential Skills qualifications.

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'Breathtaking' solar eclipse witnessed by millions

The United Nations declared 20 March as the International Day of Happiness in when it said that "the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal", and the day got off to a good start as the world came together, millions of people in the UK and northern Europe glimpsed at the best

solar eclipse in years.
In a solar eclipse, a swathe of the Earth is plunged into darkness as the Moon comes between us and the Sun. As the Sun emerges from behind the Moon, people were advised not to look directly at the phenomenon. This is because even during the eclipse, looking directly at the Sun causes serious harm.
Wales was one of the best places in the UK to watch the solar eclipse on Friday 20th March 2015(The solar eclipse was due to begin on Friday morning around 8.25am, peak around 9.30am and last about two hours).
Conditions were perfect in Port Talbot to see the eclipse and many of the Wbta staff flocked outside to witness something that wont be seen again for many years to come. There was no chance of the staff looking at the sun directly and as they stood outside in the glorious sunshine armed with pieces of emergency foil blanket to hold over their eyes to view the eclipse. The moon first covered the north eastern edge of the sun, then moved across, leaving a slim crescent of the sun showing at the bottom, before it moved away again to the west.
Staff at Wbta handed out pieces of these blankets out to onlookers and passersby as everyone stood in awe at this beautiful piece of nature they were witnessing.
In all parts of the UK the eclipse reached at least 83% and the darkness peaked at about 09:35 GMT. Although there wasn't much darkness in Port Talbot the temperature dropped dramatically and it became quite eerie.




Presentation of the Cheque to Paul Potts

Local Celebrity PAUL POTTS accepting a cheque from Wbta for the amount of £1,135.75. The amount was raised at Wbta's annual ball and donated to the TREAT Trust Wales charity in which Mr Potts is the President.

Wbta would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the ball and made it a special night and lastly they would like to give a special thanks to a team of three people, Kendall Evans (who lead the team) Kimberly Hopkins and Heather Handley, who made the night a great success.



2014 Annual Awards Evening

As 2014 draws to a close, we can reflect on a very exciting year at Wbta. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Wbta and it was celebrated in style at our annual awards evening.
The event was held at the Manor Park Country House in Clydach on October 11th and covered various categories such as Information Technology, Business Administration, Hairdressing, Beauty, Customer Service, Teaching Assistant and Management. The evening had a wonderful turnout from apprentices, employers, friends and family. Meyrick Sheen was again the host for the evening and on hand to help him congratulate the apprentices was Mr Kristian Phillips who is a member of the Scarlets rugby team.
There was a great atmosphere on the night, That included many activities such as raffles, bidding on topless waiters and a magician entertaining the guests throughout the evening, all for the purpose of raising funds for the TREAT Trust.
The staff at Wbta could not let such an occasion pass without congratulating the Managing Director Suzanne Slee for all her hard work and commitment during the last ten years. Suzanne was called to the stage and presented with a bouquet of flowers and a trophy in recognition of her 10 years at Wbta.
This years awards raised £1,135.75 and was donated to the TREAT Trust (Treatment, Rehabilitation, Exercise And Therapy). Working in partnership with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, TREAT Trust Wales is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation for the improvement of health, well-being and social inclusion of the communities of South West Wales. TREAT is dedicated to providing a purpose-built, ecologically friendly, world-class centre of excellence on land adjacent to the exciting redevelopment of Swansea’s Morriston Hospital. TREAT was founded by Mike and Melanie Davies.

Photos of the Night

Kendall Evans who did an amazing job in organising the event being rewarded with a bouquet of flowers for all her hard work. Suzanne Slee, Managing Director for Wbta receiving a trophy for the 10 year anniversary of Wbta and a heartfelt thanks from all her staff. Maria Hibbard, Programmes Manager for Wbta receiving a bouquet of flowers for her continued support to the staff

LifeLong Commitment Award - Phillip Taylor

Phil has regularly placed Learners with WBTA since 2006, including himself when he achieved his Level 3 in Hairdressing in 2008. He has also helped out as part of the team that delivered the Salon Services Program to the Year 10 and 11 pupils of the local schools. His unique and flamboyant character was a great hit with all the pupils and his accounts of how he had grown his business, helped to inspire these pupils to reach for goals they had otherwise thought to be out of their reach.

Philip Taylor’s Story (In his own words—mostly)
Once upon a time in a village not far from here, lived a boy with more creative imagination than could be imagined. Growing up with icons such as; Ru Paul, Dolly Parton and Ja Ja Gabor, his sisters dolls would never be the same again. In school his classmates let him experiment on their hair, very often looking like they were about to hit the runway. On a weekly basis he was kicked out of school for this.
School ended and it was GCSE result time, well what more can I say his highest achievements were all U’s .
He decided to get a job in a salon and as he knew of one where he used to go, he asked for a job there. Just like all you Level 1’s, he walked in and expected to be able to work on a client. Well that’s not how it turned out. He was washing hair, cleaning on his hands and knees, sweeping up and making endless cups of tea and coffee. He was like “Annie”. His boss, they called her Miss Hannigan, soon realised he could do more and he was on the shop floor in no time. He stayed there until the age of 18, then moved to Miss Elegance where he trained to be a Hair and Makeup artist. Two years later he was off to London to do the same. Three years later he moved back to Cardiff where he opened a hair salon, makeover studio and model agency, it was bouncing. Five years of that and he had enough of working all hours, (I am sure you have all felt this way or indeed will) so he sold up and moved to Spain where he lived for two years, party, party, party. Back to the UK he opened a salon, after five years another salon then a third salon and last year a beauty salon. Phil says “It’s a big responsibility but most of all its always good to go to work and enjoy being with your clients and staff, sometimes it is like one big social outing, but you never know with me where I will be or what I will be doing next year.” Through the years Phil has supported many students through Wbta, many of which have gone on to have successful careers themselves. Wbta congratulate Phil on his success and thank him for his continued support.

Award Winners

Creative Hair Award Level 1

Hannah Sullivan

Creative Hair Award Level 2

Monta Kalmane

Creative Hair Award Level 3 Gemma Evans



Congratulations from


to all the winners.

Creative Make-Up Award

Darcy Nicole Lewis

Creative Nails Award

Stephanie Toombs

Outstanding Achievement Awards

Teaching Assistant

Linsey Smith


Jenna James


Alex Heavens

Customer Service

Gemma Grey


Laura Wluka

Business Administration

Stephanie Ellis


Learner of the Year










Hair Salon of the Year

Nine Croft Road

Beauty Salon of the Year

La Belle Beauty


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