Two teams of students from Elmwood’s National Certificate Interior Decoration class displayed their work in the Dundee Overgate Centre in the Scottish heat of the UK Skills Competition, Visual Merchandising category. The competition is for students and those working in the retail industry and enables them to demonstrate their visual merchandising creative and technical skills in a live competition environment.
Elmwood came in tops with first place winners, Debbie Dargie and Debbie Hynd. Their visual merchandising display consisted of a 'Golf Widow' theme, featuring a bride whose husband has left her at their wedding reception to go and play a round of golf!
The highest scoring teams from across the UK took part in a live final at the In-Store Show at Olympia Conference Centre, London between the 30th June - 1st July 2009.
Debbie Dargie and Debbie Hynd came a very creditable third, receiving a bronze award. The scale of their achievement is enormous when you consider that there were 2300 entries many of who are employed in the retail sector or from large colleges across the UK. The students' work received praise from judges and also from Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, who is a keen golfer and particularly enjoyed their entry and mentioned it on air.
Lecturer Ann Leitch, explained the importance of the competition saying, “It provides students with a very real experience, working to a live brief, meeting a deadline and having the work viewed by the public. The UK Skills Competition Awards are an important way of recognising the superb achievements of people with vocational skills and the students should be really proud that they have come this far.”
Elmwood is launching a new full-time visual merchandising course in August, which is designed to equip students with skills to produce both window displays and internal displays for the retail industry. So if you fancy putting yourself in the shop window this course could be for you!