The search to find the UK’s Apprentice Decorator of the Year is now underway, with painters and decorators from across the UK brushing up their skills for the regional heats of the competition.
Apprentices are currently taking part in the regional heats in the competition, which is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and sponsored by Crown Paints along with other industry leaders such as British Gypsum.
The competitors will be put through their paces by the judges, including Crown Paints training manager and lead judge Kevin O’Donnell, as they undertake a series of decorating tasks which will test their skills using different products and surfaces.
Entrants will be given six hours to display a range of skills, with judges looking out for attention to detail, accuracy and finesse. The competitors must also demonstrate the ability to maintain a tidy working area and work safely, with points deducted for those who fail to do so.
Once all regional heats are completed, those competitors who scored highly enough will be invited to take part in the national final at SkillBuild UK, which takes place at World Skills UK LIVE at Birmingham’s NEC in November.