Aiden Dearie has been chosen as the ‘gold’ winner of the 2018 Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition after a three-day challenge at the WorldSkills UK LIVE event at Birmingham’s NEC.
The final pitted seven regional winners against each other as they undertook a timed challenge: completing a design which commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement, marking the end of the First World War. The artwork was devised by Crown’s in-house design studio specially for the competition.
During the final, each apprentice had 18 hours in total to complete the challenge under the eye of the competition’s panel of judges, including Kevin O’Donnell, Crown Paints’ training manager, Sandie Webster and Ben Deer, both former Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year winners.
Aiden, a 22-year-old apprentice who is completing his SVQ Level 3 Painting and Decorating at City Building Glasgow’s Queenslie Training College demonstrated excellent attention to detail. The judges praised his skill with both matt paint and trim work, and for completing the design well within the timeframe to an exceptionally high standard. He also scored highly in terms of his accuracy and finesse, and for his tidy working area.
The annual competition, which is now in its 39th year, is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and sponsored by Crown Paints along with other industry leaders such as British Gypsum.