The Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition is back and bigger than ever, with the nation’s best budding painters and decorators from colleges across the UK taking part.
And it’s a landmark year for the competition’s sponsor Crown Paints as the company has now been supporting the contest for 40 years. The company has a full calendar of activity planned to mark the milestone, from special training days at Crown HQ to exclusive offers and deals via its network of 150 Crown Decorating Centres.
Apprentices can soon sign up to take part in one of 11 regional heats of the competition, which is organised by Worldskills and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and sponsored by Crown Paints, together with other industry leaders such as British Gypsum.
Despite its long history, the main element of the Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition has remained the same: testing apprentices on their decorating technique, accuracy and attention to detail. The designs are carefully created to test multiple skills and have changed over the years to mirror the fashions of the time or key events, such as last year’s design inspired by the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War 1.
Last year’s ‘gold’ winner, 22-year-old Aiden Dearie of City Building Glasgow’s Queenslie Training College, was chosen after a gruelling three-day challenge at the WorldSkills UK LIVE event at Birmingham’s NEC.
Apprentices can apply to take part in this year’s competition from 1st March to 5th April 2019, with the 11 regional heats set to begin at Belfast Metropolitan College on 22nd March, and conclude at South Devon College on 13th June 2019. Any student or apprentice attending a recognised painting and decorating training course, run by an NVQ/SVQ accredited college, training provider or training scheme can enter.