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Apprentice Decorator of the Year

Apprentice Decorator of the Year

With recent figures from the Construction Industry Training Board revealing that more than 13,000 painters and decorators will be needed before 2018 to meet growing demand, developing our apprentices is now more important than ever before.

The Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the year is the UK’s leading painting and decorating skills competition. Celebrating its 38th year in 2017, the national contest offers apprentices from across the UK the chance to test their skills against their peers at the National Skills Show, a major industry event.

Every year, tutors and employers all across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland encourage their best students and apprentices to participate in regional competitions, either at New Entrant level or in the Main Competition. Regional heats for the annual tournament are held throughout the country during the summer months, with twelve finalists chosen to battle it out at the final in November.

“This is a competition which touches the lives of hundreds of young people at the start of their careers, encouraging them to strive for excellence in their craft and reach the highest standards” Debbie Orr, Trade Marketing Manager.

Winner 2017

Thomas Pawlowski emerged as winner of the competition in 2017, beating off stiff competition from some of the best up-and-coming talent in the country. The 18 year old, a final year student from West Suffolk College clinched the title of Apprentice Decorator of the Year along with the first place prize of £1,000 after showcasing his skill and precision across the competition.

Looking to the future Thomas says he is considering furthering his studies by completing an Interior Design course, with plans to eventually open his own business.

For more information on the competition, including entry guidelines and application please click here