Apprentice decorators wanted for national contest
The Painting and Decorating Association has launched a competition to find some of the best young decorators in the country.
The annual Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition, sponsored by Brewers, offers the chance for trainees to demonstrate their expertise in a test of skill, nerve and precision.
Young apprentices from all over the country will go head-to-head in an event organised by the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA).
Entrants will each decorate a booth from a kit provided and will be judged on their work by an expert panel with money prizes at stake.
Neil Ogilvie, chief executive of the PDA, says the competition and others like it designed to encourage young professionals are vital for the industry.
Neil said: “Events like this are a platform for the decorators of the future. It’s crucial that this industry does all it can to address the skills shortage revealed earlier this year by the Construction Industry Training Board as there’s a real need to bring more young people through. Painting and decorating apprenticeships offer a great career opportunity so we want to do all we can to encourage them and this competition is part of that.”
The event takes place at The Hub in Doncaster on Tuesday, October 6 with the winners announced at the PDA Conference Gala Dinner in Manchester a month later.
Neil added: “Hanging wallpaper is a precise art – something that these apprentices will have been perfecting over many months. Our expert judges will be looking out for a professional and methodical approach with excellent application skills and attention to detail. We’ve seen some real quality on show in the past and I’ve no doubt it will be a similar story this time around.”
The competition is open to all painting and decorating apprentices registered in the UK and expenses will be covered by the PDA.