Apprentices get colour confident with Crown at SGS Bell Decorating Academy
We joined forces with Bell Decorating Group to give trainee painters and decorators at South Gloucester and Stroud College an insight into how colour and technique work together at the college’s recently opened Bell Decorating Academy, as part of a 10-workshop programme with Bell Decorating Group.
A group of 17 students at SGS College attended a morning workshop with our colour consultants as well as a demonstration of technical skills. In the afternoon the young decorators had the chance to showcase their skills in a competition devised by our technical demonstrator Kevin O’Donnell, a judge in the prestigious Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition.
The two-hour competition was designed to test the students’ painting and wallpaper application ability, working from a set specification and to be completed within the given timeframe. Kevin O’Donnell judged the competitors on their setting out, cutting-in and opacity, plus matching the pattern and clean cutting for the wallpaper element.
A close contest saw Unique Bennett chosen as the winner, with Abdinasir Dualeh and Joshua Walker taking second and third place.
Representatives from Bell Decorating Group and Crown Paints were on hand to answer any questions the students had. The team from Bell Decorating Group included community engagement co-ordinator, Kim Lawrence, contracts supervisor Dave Murphy, and Crown’s specification sales manager for the south west region, Richard Roberts attended the workshops and competition.