According to the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network, there’s a substantial demand for painters and decorators.

Their figures forecast that 1,580 new painters and decorators are needed every year until 2022 to meet increasing demand.

The PDA is urging people looking at their career options to consider a role in the industry, and they are here every step of the way to support apprentices with a range of events and activities, including the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, and the Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year contests.


Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Competition

A six-hour competition where competitors are tasked with replicating a given design, testing not only their accuracy and skill, but their ability to perform under pressure.

The winning Apprentice/Trainee will receive a trophy, a framed certificate and some fantastic prizes. The two runners up, will receive a framed certificate and prizes. These will be presented on stage at the Premier Trophy Awards.


Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year Competition

The seven-hour contest is split into two different categories – a new entrant and senior level.

Senior level competitors are tasked with wallpapering a mock living room, with extra challenges including a fire surround, internal angles and borders as well as inlay panels, whilst the junior competitors have to wallpaper a three-sided booth.

The winners of each competition and the two runners up are announced at the PDA Conference Gala Dinner, where they receive a trophy, framed certificate and cash prize.

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Ucoming Aprenticeship Events

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Northern Competition – 3 rd May

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Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Southern Competition – 10 th May

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Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year Competition – 4 th June

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Apprentices hoping to make PDA’s roll of honour

APPRENTICES from across the UK will put their skills to the ultimate test in a national competition next month.

The Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition – organised by national trade body, the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) – will be held at The Hub in Doncaster on Tuesday, June 4.

Organised to encourage and inspire the next generation of painters and decorators, the annual seven-hour contest is split into two different levels, new entrant and senior.

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