Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year

To encourage excellence from the start of their careers, trainee decorators get the chance to showcase their skills at the annual Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition.

All UK registered apprentices can enter the PDA Apprentice Paperhanger competition for free.

Trainees who feel they’ve mastered the techniques required to tackle a six-hour wallpapering challenge, can sign up for the chance to win a selection of fantastic prizes supplied by competition sponsor  Brewers Decorator Centres.

The apprentice awards are presented at our national networking event and entrants’ accommodation and evening meal the night prior to the competition will be provided by the PDA.

To apply for the Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition 2021, download the application form here:

Due to Covid-19, the 2020 competition was cancelled. In 2019, 17 apprentices gathered at The Hub in Doncaster for the test of nerve and skill. Four winners were announced at the PDA Masquerade Ball held at Oulton Hall Hotel in Leeds.

  • 1st Senior Paperhanger of the Year – Alex Stonehouse, Doncaster College
  • 2nd Senior Paperhanger of the Year – Louise Mackenzie, The University of Highlands and Islands
  • 1st Junior Paperhanger of the Year – Aston Gooding, Bournemouth and Poole College
  • 2nd Junior Paperhanger of the Year – Nicola Martin