There are just over five weeks before young apprentice decorators get the chance of fame and fortune!

The fame is becoming Crown Trade’s Apprentice Decorator of the Year, and the fortune, a first prize of 1,000GBP. For those born after the 1st January 1995, there is an added incentive. Impress the judges enough, and they could be picked to represent team UK at the World Skills Olympics in the United Arab Emirates in 2017.

Over the months, regional heats have been held for the Crown Trade’s Apprentice Decorator of the Year at various venues the length and breadth of the UK. Of the hundreds who took part in the heats, eventually the final dozen, four girls and eight lads, have been selected to continue to the final. 

Requirements to enter Crown’s Decorating Apprentice of the Year:

The competition is open to any apprentice or student taking any recognised painting and decorating course run by an SVQ/NVQ accredited college, are on a recognised training scheme, or working with a qualified training provider. Should the apprentice apply successfully, they should be prepared to help with publicity, along with employers, training providers, and/or associated colleges.

There is a substantial amount of good publicity, both short-term and long-term to be generated for companies, small family-run painting and decorating businesses, trainers, and participating colleges. Encouraging young trainees to get involved can have a beneficial effect for all concerned.


The Skills Show:

Held over three days from the 19th November to the 21st November 2015 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, the competition carries a 1st prize of 1,000GBP, 2nd prize of 500GBP, and 3rd prize of 250GBP, to say nothing of the accompanying prestige.

Now in its 36th year, the Crown Trade’s Apprentice Decorator of the Year is the most prestigious event in the painting and decorating calendar. Using Crown’s range of products, apprentices are pushed to the limits to showcase their skills, accuracy and dexterity over a set time period. 


The Skills Show isn’t just about competition:

With hundreds of trade exhibitors at the show there is something for everyone. There are many interactive opportunities, and the chance to try the latest tools available to the painting and decorating trade. 

Career advisers, colleges, and employers are all available to answer questions on a painting and decorating career. For the young and not so young, considering a future in the trade, no matter what the concerns, someone will be able to answer them.

For those already on apprenticeships, talking to big employers in the private sector, colleges of further education, technical colleges and universities, and training providers, can help new apprentices decide on their end goals.

It’s not just about painting and decorating. Do you have young and not so young teenagers, who are struggling with what career path to take? A visit to the Skills Show may be all they need to help them decide where they think their future may lie. From decorator to carpenter, bricklayer to electrician to helicopter pilot, someone will be available to answer all their questions.