The Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition, sponsored by Crown Paints now have their eight decorator finalists from across the country are ready to take the stage at the national final in November.
Apprentice decorators from Scotland, Wales, the North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, West Midlands, and the South West will go on to compete in the final, which takes place across three days during the WorldSkills UK LIVE event at Birmingham’s NEC.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Crown Paints’ sponsorship of the competition, which is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and is also sponsored by other industry leaders such as British Gypsum.
In the final, the competitors have 18 hours over three days to complete a decorating challenge devised by Crown Paints, closely observed by a judging panel that includes Crown Paints’ training manager Kevin O’Donnell, and Ben Deer, a former Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year.
Kevin said: “Once again we have been very impressed by the standard of work displayed during the regional heats, so these eight apprentices should be truly proud of their achievements so far.”
“There’s a good mix of people in here, some who have entered with the support of their college, with apprentices from Leeds College of Building, Accrington & Rossendale College, Cardiff and Vale College Barry Campus, and City College Plymouth, as well as those who are working with well-known contractors including Novus, Bell Group, and Ian Williams, so I will be watching each of them closely to determine who performs the best on the day.”
The final is held as part of the SkillBuild event, organised by CITB as part of WorldSkills UK LIVE, at Birmingham’s NEC over three days from 21st to 23rd November.