Apprentices have been recognised for their wallpaper hanging skills at a Gala Dinner hosted by national trade body, the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA).
Held as part of the PDA’s annual networking event, the Gala Dinner included a presentation ceremony for winners of the Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition.
Judges Award Senior George Lane
Three entrants from Inverness, two from Kent and one from London were selected out of 18 apprentices from across the UK, who competed at The Hub in Doncaster in June.
Judged by PDA Chief Executive Neil Ogilvie and PDA board member, Stuart Yates, the Paperhanger competition tasked apprentices with a gruelling six-hour challenge designed to test their precision, timing and skill.
Senior Winner Kimberly McIntyre
Neil was joined by Brewers’ Sales Support & Development Manager Dave Hope, to present the awards at the Gala Dinner held at the Liverpool Hilton Hotel on November 20.
Senior Winner of the Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year 2021 was Kimberley McIntyre of McIntyre Painting and Decorating Services, who attends Inverness College UHI.
Senior Runner Up Francesca Fordham
Senior runner-up was Francesca Fordham who attends North Kent College and works at Axis Europe.
Two more Inverness students took the Junior category, with Euan McLean who works at Hendersons Ltd, named winner and Junior runner-up going to Rebecca Mackinnon, an apprentice at Neil Mackay & Co Ltd.
Junior Winner Euan McLean
Two Judges Achievement and Commendation awards were also presented on the night, with George Lane of Alfred Bagnall and Sons (London) receiving the Senior winner award, and Harry Gibbons, who attends North Kent College and works at Axis Europe named as the Junior winner.
Junior Runner Up Rebecca MacKinnon
Neil said: “Our Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year
competition offers apprentices the chance to share their experiences,
demonstrate their skills and network with their peers. The competition is sponsored by Brewers Decorator Centres
and it is their generous and continued support that allows us to host this
vital opportunity for people entering the industry. These young people have demonstrated a commitment to their
craft, an eye for detail and a quality application of the skills they have been
learning as part of their apprenticeships. They are a credit to their employers and to their centres
of learning, and I am delighted that we have been able to celebrate their
success at the PDA’s annual Gala Dinner.”