The competition to find the UK’s Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year is heating up as the 8 finalists have been revealed.
The talented competitors were judged the nation’s most promising industry apprentices after competing against hundreds of entrants in tough individual heats held at colleges across the country earlier this year.
Now, the 8 will go on to compete at the prestigious Skills Show, at Birmingham’s NEC from November 16-18, with a £1,000 first prize at stake.
Aiden Dearie of City Building Glasgow
Callum Bonner of Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education
Declan Collins of Dundee and Angus College
Oliver Takhar of Bath College
Patrick Dinham of Newcastle College
Philip Orme of City College Plymouth
Lewys Rawlings of Coleg Cambria
Thomas Pawlowski of West Suffolk College
The contest, in association with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), is the longest running showcase of talent for up-and-coming painters and decorators and this year celebrates its 38th anniversary.
Debbie Orr, Marketing Manager for Crown Trade, said: “As a business, we are committed to supporting the training and education of the next generation of painting and decorating professionals
“This is a competition which touches the lives of hundreds of people at the start of their careers, encourages them to strive for excellence in their craft and reach the highest standards.
“It’s a great opportunity for competitors to show just how well they’ve mastered the skills and techniques required by today’s professionals.”
As well as scooping the £1,000 top prize and title of Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year, the overall winner will also be considered for a place in Squad UK at the international Euro Skills 2018 championships in Budapest.
The Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition is a key part of Crown Trade’s ongoing programme to help address a skills gap which has emerged within the industry.
Figures released by the Construction Industry Training Broad revealed that more than 13,000 painters and decorators will be needed before 2018 to meet growing demand.
Pictured is last year’s Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year Ayla Foulis, from Dunfermline with Crown Paints’ Kevin O Donnell.