Student Decorator of the Year regional finalists

Sandwell College is set to host the regional heat of the 2015 Dulux Decorator Centre Student Decorator of the Year.
Young painters and decorators across the UK are being urged to put their hard-learned skills to the test and register now for the competition on 26 March.

Encouraging talent and professionalism in the industry, the national competition – previously called Apprentice of the Year – provides a challenging and rewarding experience for student college learners. Nine other locations around the UK will also be hosting the competition and, once all ten heats have been completed, there will be a grand final on 17/18 June at Edinburgh College.

The winner of the Sandwell College heat – along with the other regional winners and the highest placed overall regional runner up – will automatically qualify for a place in the national final. After completing a challenging two-day work piece, the ‘Student Decorator of the Year’ will be selected from the 10 student finalists.

Now entering its eighth year, the competition is open to all full – or part-time students on a recognised NVQ or SVQ level two or three painting and decorating course. Competitors will be asked to showcase their skills with a series of practical applications, comprising various elements of painting and decorating, covering wallpapering, stenciling, waterborne glosses, and special effects.

Mike Barnbrook, lecturer at Sandwell College, said: “We’re proud to be one of the host colleges in this year’s competition, with our dedicated painting and decorating facilities. The Student Decorator of the Year competition is well organised and the ideal platform for the students to put their skills to the test. Plus, working to different timescales and quality standards is great experience to help students in the future.”

Prizes will include £1,000 cash for the winner, alongside a generous selection of products and tools from supplier sponsors. Heat winners will collect £100 worth of Dulux Decorator Centre vouchers and receive a certificate and a goody bag full of decorating materials donated by the company’s suppliers.

Full terms and conditions are available online at www.duluxdecoratorcentre.co.uk

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