Students test their painting and decorating skills at the South West final of Johnstone’s Trade 2018 Young Painter of the Year!

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Bournemouth & Poole College was host to the South West regional final of the Johnstone’s Trade 2018 Young Painter of the Year competition.

Now in its 14th year, the national competition has been searching for the UK’s best eight young talented painters and decorators. The competition is open to students aged between 17-27 studying an NVQ Level 1 and Level 2 in painting and decorating or construction.

Five students from Bournemouth & Poole College took part in the regional heat sponsored by 3M, alongside contestants from City Plymouth and the Isle of Wight. The students then had to battle it out in the allocated 6 hours to complete a selection of drawings, following step by step instructions. The students used a selection of Johnstone’s Trade products to complete their designs and this was the first year where global colour pallete, Voice of Colour (available exclusively at Johnstone’s Trade) was featured.

Johnstone’s Trade Senior Technicians, James Surtees and Peter McParland devised the intricate drawing and painting challenge in order to test the students’ abilities with what they had learnt during their course.

“It’s the first competition I’ve done,” said Bournemouth & Poole student, Susie Horton. “I was really nervous, but with the support of the Johnstone’s team and my lecturer, I’ve really enjoyed the day. It’s a great way to showcase the skills we’ve learnt on our course and it’s been great fun being part of the competition with students from other colleges and getting to know the industry through the suppliers.”


Susie Horton during the Johnstone's Young Painter of the Year South West Regional Heat at Bournemouth & Poole CollegeFellow student Eleanor Cleave agreed that it was great to be part of a national competition. “I’ve had great support from the team and especially my lecturer and really enjoyed working with Johnstone’s.”

The winner and runner up for the South West regional final, Jessica Cruiks and Skye Boswell both from City College Plymouth, received cash prizes and plenty of painting and decorating sundries from key suppliers such as 3M, Toupret, Purdy, Gyproc, Mirka, Packexe, and many more.

James Surtees, Johnstone’s Technical Training and Applications Manager, said: “It’s great to be back at Bournemouth & Poole College. We are thankful to the college for their help putting this event on. We need help from colleges and partners to run the competitions that have been going for 13-14 years already.”

“We’re especially thankful to our main sponsor today, 3M and also our other suppliers who have donated prizes for the contestants. Most importantly it’s about the students and supporting the youth of industry. Without the colleges and the support, the industry wouldn’t have a future.”