Crown Trade Win for Blackburn Apprentice
Crown Trade Paints has awarded the prestigious title of ‘Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year 2012’, and presented an impressive trophy and cheque for £1000, to Thomas Regan from Blackburn, a student and apprentice employee of Accrington & Rossendale College.
Twenty year old Thomas was one of eleven talented P&D apprentices and students competing in the 34th national final of Crown’s annual competition, held recently at Preston College as an integral part of SkillBuild, the UK’s largest construction skills competition.
Each of the decorators had earned their place in the final having achieved the highest scores in the country at one of 14 regional one-day heats. At Preston College, they had to decorate a 3-sided booth, following a demanding and detailed design. The test piece was designed to test their craft skills and techniques and their ability to plan out and complete a project against the clock.
Thomas impressed the judges with the calm and measured way in which he approached the task, skilfully completing all aspects of the test piece with time to spare. His scores narrowly beat those of first runner-up Kirk Croft, an 18-year old apprentice employed by KJK Decorating Services, representing South Leicestershire College. In third place was 26-year old Coatbridge decorator Debbie Dunn, an employee of South Lanarkshire Council, and former student of South Lanarkshire College. Kirk and Debbie will also receive cash prizes of £500 and £250 respectively.
The winners of all the individual contests were revealed at a closing awards ceremony held at Preston Guild Hall. Thomas, Kirk and Debbie were all called to the stage to be congratulated and presented with their Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator medals and SkillBuild awards by Crown Paints Marketing Director Liz Hickson and celebrity builder Tommy Walsh.
Crown Trade’s competition is part of SkillBuild which encourages excellence amongst newcomers to the construction industry and it took place alongside nine other construction-related skills contests, including bricklaying, stonemasonry and wall and floor tiling.