YOUNG painters and decorators across the UK are being invited once again to put their hard-learned skills to the test and register now for the 2015 Dulux Decorator Centre Student Decorator of the Year competition. April next year the competition will be calling at Bridgend College in Wales. Encouraging talent and professionalism in the industry, the national competition – previously called Apprentice of the Year – provides a challenging and rewarding experience for student college learners.
Nine other locations around the UK will also be hosting the competition and, once all ten heats have been completed, there will be a grand final on June 17 – 18 at Edinburgh College. The winner of the Bridgend College heat – along with the other regional winners and the highest placed overall regional runner up – will automatically qualify for a place in the national final. After completing a challenging two-day work piece, the ‘Student Decorator of the Year’ will be selected from the ten students.
Now entering its eighth year, the competition is open to all full – or parttime students on a recognised NVQ or SVQ level two or three painting and decorating course. Competitors will be asked to showcase their skills with a series of practical applications, comprising various elements of painting and decorating, covering wallpapering, stenciling, waterborne glosses, and special effects. Bridgend College Painting and Decorating tutor Simon Austin, said: “We are delighted to again be hosting such a prominent event at our purpose-built Construction Academy.
Our students are always keen to take part, and it’s something that we feel that they benefit hugely from. It’s fantastic to be part of a competition which brings together students from different regions to experience working towards timescales and quality standards within a competitive yet friendly atmosphere.” Prizes will include £1,000 cash for the winner, alongside a generous selection of products and tools from supplier sponsors. Heat winners will collect £100 worth of Dulux Decorator Centre vouchers and receive a certificate and a goody bag full of decorating materials donated by the company’s suppliers.