We’re giving apprentice decorators the chance to shine
Earlier this year, it was announced that the 2020 Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition, which we’ve sponsored for over 40 years, was being put on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
While that means that the best and brightest apprentice decorators won’t get to shine in front of the judges at the Skillbuild UK final this November, we have decided that up-and-coming decorators should still have the opportunity to show off their skills to the world!
That’s why we’ve launched our own virtual Apprentice Decorator Challenge, which any apprentice can get involved with, from the comfort of their own home or college.
We’re releasing details of what would have been this year’s regional design for the Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition and asking budding decorators to have a go at tackling the tricky artwork using the skills they have learned as part of their apprenticeships. Apprentices simply need to shoot a quick video of themselves with their finished design, talking the judges through how they approached the challenge, and send it to Crown Trade via social media. Alternatively, apprentices can submit photos of their finished design along with a brief explanation of what they found most challenging and how they tackled these parts of the piece. All those who take part will receive an ADY goodie bag as well as feedback from the judges.
To help with the challenge, ADY lead judge Kevin O’Donnell has produced a helpful video about some of the techniques apprentices will need to have mastered in order to complete the design.
What’s more, we’re giving younger children a chance to get involved this October half-term break too – parents and carers can download a colouring-in sheet from the Crown Trade website based on the 2020 ADY design, which kids can complete and submit via Crown Trade’s social channels for a chance to win a prize.
We know this year has been tough for apprentices, who have had to adjust to new ways of working and learning, so we wanted to give talented apprentices the chance to share their skills with the industry – we hope as many painters as possible will get involved!