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 of the Year Competition

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

Three competitors have achieved successful outcomes in this year's competition and were announced at the 2019 Premier Trophy Awards. They demonstrated skill levels that exceeded those of their fellow participants:

1st Lewis Boyle - Alfred Bagnall & Sons Ltd/Leeds College of Building

2nd Abi Johnson - Bradford Council/Leeds College of Building

3rd Megan Talbot - Oliver Gladwin/Accrington & Rossendale College

Congratulations and well done to these competitors!

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Apprentice Paperhanger Competition 

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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.

Next year's competition will be held on the 9th June 2020. Keep your eyes peeled for the application form which will be available soon. 


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