Seven Apprentices from Southern England Colleges including Bournemouth, Poole, Bristol, Folkstone and Plymouth were competing against each other in the Painting and Decorating Association’s Premiere Trophy Awards Apprentice / Trainee competition at Bournemouth & Poole College on 26th May 2017.
This competition, organised by the Association, is sponsored by CITB and Purdy and Johnstone’s Paints.
Apprentices George Pollinger, Philip Orme, Joshua Read, Tabitha Duncan, Promise Clemons, Michael Walters and Brandon Churchill were madly at work replicating a design provided by Bournemouth & Poole College’s own Construction Crafts lecturer Lord Scott James Oliver. They had 6 hours to draw to scale and paint the design to be judged on 6 components: accuracy of setting design, colour opacity, accuracy and neatness of cutting in, accuracy of stencil cutting, stencil application, overall work neatness and of course the finished product.
There are 18 students in all competing. 7 in the South and 11 in the North of England. The Northern heat is taking place on 9th June in Hinckley College, Warwickshire.
The 3 winners, chosen from both heats will go to London for the awards ceremony which will be held on the 6th July at the London Marriott Grosvenor Hotel, where around 180 delegates will be in attendance. Mr Orme, a seasoned entrant with this his 11th competition, commented on why he takes part, “It’s really enjoyable and gives you a good sense of accomplishment.” Ms Clemons added “It’s a good thing to enter as it teaches me a good set of skills.”
Mr Churchill noted, ”‘There’s lots of competition but the time element is tough because I like to take my time but I am a lot faster than the last one I entered a couple of weeks ago.”
Neil Ogilvie, CEO of the Painting and Decorating Association, stressed the importance of the competition to the Painting and Decorating trade. ““We want to instil into the minds of our youth that being in the industry is something to be proud of. A craft is something you learn and have with you forever. This competition really brings out the professionalism, comradeship of the participants. They help each other.”
The Painting and Decorating Association is one of the oldest trade associations having been around since 1894. It is the only accredited trade body that covers painting and decorating.