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 a minimal fee.

Apprentices 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.


In 2023, apprentices gathered at The Hub in Doncaster for the test of nerve and skill. Seven winners were announced at the PDA Gala Dinner held at the Principal Hotel, York.

  • Junior Winner: Katie Sanders
    Company: Bagnall & Sons Ltd
    College: Leeds College of Building
  • Junior Second: Blair Morrison
    Company: Cameron Painter and Decorators Ltd
    College: Inverness College UHI
  • Junior Third: Elizabeth Horler Rhymes
    Company: Ian Williams Ltd
    College: Windsor Forest College Group – Langley College
  • Senior Winner: Harry Davies
    Company: LDC Decorating Company
    College: Leeds College of Building
  • Senior Second: Euan McLean
    Company: Henderson Decorators Ltd
    College: Inverness College UHI
  • Senior Third: Sam Farnworth
    Company: Bryan Lees
    College: Accrington & Rossendale College
  • CEO Recognition & Achievement Award: Holly Duffy
    Company: Spain Building & Maintenance Ltd
    College: Accrington & Rossendale College