WallpaperHanger6_Neil_Ogilvie_with_Simon_Walmsley_Brewers.jpgStudents from across the UK are waiting with bated breath to find out if they have done enough to be crowned the country’s top apprentice paperhanger. 

The Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition, organised by the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) with the help of long-standing sponsor Brewers, put nine students to the ultimate test at The Hub, Doncaster.

They now face the anxious wait for the results, which will be announced at the esteemed PDA National Networking Event and Gala Dinner, being held at the Hilton Liverpool City Hotel on Saturday, October 27.

The annual competition, which lasts for a gruelling seven hours, was split into two different categories, including a new entrant and senior level.

Neil Ogilvie, Chief Executive of the PDA, said: “Both categories were challenging, especially in a competition setting.

“All of the students came to win, but remained supportive to their peers, they were an absolute credit to the industry.”

Five new entrant competitors were given the task of wallpapering a three-sided booth, whilst the remaining four senior apprentices had a much more advanced specification.

Battling it out, they were required to wallpaper a mock living room, with the added pressure of a fire surround and internal angles, as well as inlay panels and borders.

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