A DORSET painter and decorator has been named one of the best in the country after winning a major national award.
Promise Clemons from Hamworthy, Poole, took the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year title in the Premier Trophy Awards – a national competition promoting high standards of craftsmanship organised by the Painting and Decorating Association.
The 19-year-old Bournemouth & Poole College student works for Mitie Property Services and works across Poole, Southampton and Weymouth.
Promise fought off stiff competition to secure the trade body’s title, which attracted entrants from across the UK.
She received the accolade in a glittering ceremony held at the 29th annual Premier Trophy Awards at the London Marriott in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair.
Promise received £500 worth of products supplied by professional painting tools company Purdy who, along with CITB, sponsored the competition.
Fellow Bournemouth & Poole College student Michael Walters was also a finalist at the event, taking third place in the contest.
Promise said: “I was a very shocked. I was so happy to just reach the finals and it came as a huge shock to win it.
“Now I just want to carry on working as hard as I can in Mitie and doing the best I can.”
A total of 18 apprentices and trainees took part in north and south heats of the tournament with Level Two student Promise emerging as the overall winner.
Mr Ogilvie said: “We are delighted that Promise has been named our Apprentice/Trainee of the Year.
“She is one of the country’s best young decorators and that is an incredible achievement.”