Doncaster decorator proves his world-class credentials
Young decorator Curtis Baker has achieved outstanding world-class recognition after his skills were showcased on the world stage in Brazil this week.
The 20-year-old from Doncaster pitted his wits against the best in the world at the WorldSkills 2015 contest in Sao Paolo and was awarded a prestigious Medallion of Excellence from judges at the skills Olympics event.
The Medallions are given to competitors who demonstrate the attainment of world-class standards in their chosen skill.
Curtis’s journey began almost two years ago when he entered the Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition, and this international success will undoubtedly place him as a great role model for competitors in this year’s finals.
Finalists at the Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition, to be held at The Skills Show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre in November, will aim to emulate Curtis’s success and, like him, put their heart and soul into developing their professional skills.
The competition, now in its 36th year, demands outstanding skill coupled with a real determination to succeed, and is seen as the first stepping stone to make the grade for WorldSkills.
Curtis is quick to appreciate the support he had to achieve the pinnacle of his apprenticeship career, particularly from his employer’s Togel Contractors, and Pete Walters, who was instrumental in developing his skillset for the global contest. Pete is Chief Expert for the WorldSkills UK painting and decorating team.
He also paid tribute to Crown Paints, who helped him on the road to success through the Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition.
Curtis was recognised in the Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition as a rising star after coping admirably with the pressures of performing in front of an audience of thousands, to achieve a strong score sheet.
He was one of three young decorators talent-spotted at the competition and selected to attend intensive training sessions. It led to him being ‘long-listed’ and finally selected to represent his country in the WorldSkills UK Squad.
The three trained together up until May this year, and then – following an assessment of their performance – Curtis was judged the winning candidate at a final team selection session.
Debbie Orr, Crown Paints’ Marketing Manager, said: “Curtis has shown incredible commitment and determination to travel to the other side of the world and compete for his country in Brazil.
“To achieve the Medallion of Excellence at the world’s ultimate skills event is absolutely outstanding and testament to Curtis’s hard work and amazing talent. We’re very proud to have seen him develop from the early days of the Apprentice Decorator of the Year contest to gain recognition on the world stage.”
The next WorldSkills competition takes place in 2017 in the United Arab Emirates and Debbie added: “The Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition touches the lives of hundreds of apprentices and trainees at the start of their careers, and encourages them to strive for excellence in their craft and reach the very highest professional standards.
“What really sets our competition apart is the opportunities it brings at a national and international level.
“To compete in front of thousands of people at The Skills Show is an extraordinary experience.
“To also have the chance to complete in WorldSkills is nothing short of phenomenal.”
See a video of Curtis in training before the Brazil trip at https://www.youtube.com/user/CrownTradeTV