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Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year 2013
Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year 2013
2013-04-04 11:34:49 - Crown Trade’s annual search for the nation’s most talented trainee and apprentice decorators is now under way, for the 35th year in succession.

And they’re off!

All the contenders for the title of Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year 2013 are now in preparation for their regional competition heats which take place at colleges and other training venues across the UK between mid-April and the end of June.

Sixteen one-day contests will be held in total, during which competitors, encouraged by their tutors, supervisors and employers, will strive to impress the judges with their skills, techniques and professionalism. There are two levels of entry, and all those taking part in the main event will have an opportunity to win a place at the national SkillBuild final where they could win a unique trophy and a cheque from Crown Trade for £1,000 or

one of the runner up prizes of £500 and £250.

Regional One-day Painting & Decorating Heats

Dates Venues
Thursday 18th April Angus College
Tuesday 23rd April West Notts College
Thursday 25th April South Birmingham College
Tuesday 30th April Burnley College
Thursday 02nd May Hugh Baird College
Thursday 09th May Bridgend College
Tuesday 14th May Deeside College
Tuesday 21st May City College Plymouth
Thursday 23rd May Oxford & Cherwell College
Tuesday 4th June Sussex Coast Hastings College
Thursday 6th June Eastern & Otley College
Tuesday 11th June Lewisham College inc. Southwark College
Thursday 13th June Carillion Training
Tuesday 18th June New College Durham
Thursday 20th June Barnsley College
Tuesday 25th June Lakes College

Students in their first year at college who are not ready for the challenge of the main competition will be participating at the New Entrant level. This does not lead to a national final but gives entrants the chance to experience the atmosphere of a skills competition without the associated stress, and return to compete in the main event in future years.

This year, for the very first time, the national SkillBuild final will take place from 14-16 November 2013 at the NEC Birmingham as part of The Skills Show, a massive vocational skills and training event organised by WorldSkills UK attracting over 100,000 spectators.

Because Crown Paints’ annual skills event is organised in association with SkillBuild and WorldSkills, it offers Britain’s most talented young decorators an exclusive stepping stone into the exciting international competition arena. Participants who show exceptional promise during the event and who meet certain age criteria may be invited to try for selection for the UK team at WorldSkills 2015, the ultimate global skills event for young trainees and apprentices.

Crown Trade Senior Brand Manager Debbie Orr says: “We’re delighted that the final of our competition will be an integral part of this year’s Skills Show at the NEC and that our top competitors will be competing alongside their peers from around fifty different skill sectors. This gives us a great opportunity to inspire tens of thousands of young people visiting the show to think about a future career in painting and decorating and to point them towards the many different colleges and other training providers exhibiting at the show who offer recognised P&D courses.”

For further information about Crown’s involvement in vocational skills competitions please visit the Crown Trade website, call Crown Trade on 0845 389 9583 or email

Jo Foster
Phone: 01335368020

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