Competition winner Carol’s design for life

Carol, centrem, with Keith Barlow, retail director at Ena Shaw Home and Amy Robinson from St Helens College along with a design project she completed during her placement

Carol, centrem, with Keith Barlow, retail director at Ena Shaw Home and Amy Robinson from St Helens College along with a design project she completed during her placement

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An aspiring designer has been given an insight into the furnishing industry after winning a competition.

St Helens College student, Carol Hattersley, spent a week working with Ena Shaw Home, a home furnishings retailer based in the town.

The store joined forces with the college last year in a bid to find talented individuals who could create an inspiring interior space.

The competition saw the students draw up the initial room designs, source costs for products and materials, and present their final recommendations to the team at Ena Shaw Home, with Carol being chosen as the overall winner out of 15 entries.

As part of her prize, the 18-year-old divided her time between the Duke Street-based store and the company’s factory at Lea Green to experience all aspects of the business from product sourcing, to sales, to interior design.

Carol, from Newtown, said: “I was thrilled when I was selected as the winner of the competition with Ena Shaw Home and couldn’t wait to get stuck in to my work placement.

“The classroom is a great place to learn the theory and the basic skills I need for this industry but there’s no substitute for hands-on experience. I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learnt.”

Keith Barlow, retail director at Ena Shaw Home, said: “We launched this competition with St Helens College to tap into local up-and-coming talent within the interior design industry and give students a chance to work to a real-life brief.”