Students from across the UK are waiting with bated breath to find out if they have done enough to be crowned the country’s top apprentice paperhanger.
Organised by the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA), the Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition is an annual competition that Brewers are a proud to be supporting again. Putting nine students to the ultimate test at The Hub in Doncaster, the talented apprentices now face the anxious wait for the results, which will be announced at the PDA National Gala Dinner in October.
As in previous years, Brewers provided the competition with the multiple types of wallpaper for the different challenges plus the relevant pastes required.
The annual competition, which lasts for a gruelling seven hours, was split into two different categories, including a new entrant and senior level.
Five new entrant competitors were given the task of wallpapering a three-sided booth, whilst the remaining four senior apprentices had a much more advanced specification.
Battling it out, they were required to wallpaper a mock living room, with the added pressure of a fire surround and internal angles, as well as inlay panels and borders.
RS Decorating employee, Anthony Jones, stepped up to the mark in the senior competition.
The 32-year-old, who is currently studying toward his Level 3 qualification at The Hub, Doncaster, decided to have a career change five years ago.
He said: “I loved painting and decorating, so I decided to pursue my interest and go to college.
“This is the first time I have competed in a competition like this one and although it’s really challenging, I feel like it’s gone well.”
The competition was judged by past PDA member, Mr Mike Clow, and newly appointed, PDA North East President, James Graham.
James said: “There were not as many opportunities for us when I first started out in the industry.
“I think it’s great to see apprentices getting involved in competitions like this, interacting with new people and advancing their skills. All competitors have worked extremely hard, so it’ll be difficult to judge.”