Student celebrates as he makes the final of 2 national competitions

Level 2 Painting & Decorating student and Apprentice from Shrewsbury College has made it to the finals of two national competitions after taking first place at the regional heats.

After weeks of careful preparation and stiff competition from other Apprentices, Sam Clorley, 25 from Wem, has been named the winner of the South & City heat of the 2014 Dulux Decorator Centres’ Apprentice of the Year, as well as winner of the Midlands heat of the Johnstones Young Painter of the Year 2014.

Shrewsbury College Painting & Decorating students also achieved second place for both regional heats. Alex Johnson, 21, Level 3 student from Shrewsbury, came second in the Dulux Decorator Centres’ Apprentice of the Year and 20 year old Kimberley Horner, Level 3 student from Much Wenlock, came second in the Johnstones Young Painter of the Year 2014 regional heat.

Painting & Decorating lecturer from the College, Barry Mason said: “We’re really proud of Sam and it’s great that he’s representing the College and heading for the final. The standard was really high and his skills were put fully to the test. This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talent and take part in a well-organised and professional competition and I’m looking forward to the final.”

Sam pulled out all of the stops at both competitions and successfully completed practical work pieces which saw him use a range of skill sets, including: wallpapering, stencilling, waterborne glossing and various other special effects.

Sam said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have come first and, although it was challenging, I really enjoyed the opportunity to take part. I’m now focused on the final and even though I know it will be tough, it’s just great to take part.”

Richard Tart, Painting & Decorating Technician at the College said he was extremely proud of all seven of the students from the College who entered the competitions.

“I cannot express just how happy I am with all of our students. The hard work and effort they have put into, not only the competitions, but their day to day work, is something I am extremely proud of. They have all exceeded their own expectations.” he said.

“For some of the students this was their first competition,” he continued. “So to produce work at such a high standard is a credit to them. I look forward to seeing how Sam gets on in the finals.”

Sam received a variety of gifts for winning the heats, including £100 worth of Dulux vouchers, equipment and certificates. At both finals he will have to complete further practical pieces, which will see him push his abilities to the maximum in a bid to be named Dulux Apprentice of the Year 2014 and Johnstones Young Painter of the Year and receive gifts worth thousands of pounds.

The final of the 2014 Dulux Decorator Centres’ Apprentice of the Year final will take place at New College Durham on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 June. The Dulux Young Painter of the year 2014 final will take place later in the year, details to be confirmed.


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