This week saw the regional heat of the Johnstone’s 2015 Young Painter of the Year, held at South Leicestershire College (SLC).
The event assessed the students painting and decorating skills including, setting out a design, working to a technical specification, applying different types of Johnstone's Trade paint, selecting and using application tools, applying stencils.
James Surtees – Technical Applications Consultant at Johnstone’s, a part of PPG Industries, and one of the judges said, “The competition is a great way to showcase the talent of young painters and decorators. The competition gives us at Johnstone’s the opportunity to invest in the next generation.”
The students, all studying Level 1 or 2 Painting and Decorating courses or apprenticeships, had just 6 hours to turn their brief into a real work of art and the competition was tense and exciting as they all strived to reach the highest standard of work possible.
Paul Thornewell, a tutor at the Centre for Built Environment at SLC, commented, “The students have worked hard and the quality of work being showcased today is outstanding. It’s a testament to the commitment to their courses and their talent.”
Liz Clements, a Level 1 Painting & Decorating student, was representing SLC and told us, “The design was technical and challenging, but I really enjoyed the day and I got to use the skills I have learnt so far on the course.”
Apprentices from Waterloo Housing Group, Kurt Harris and Huw Hill, who are studying NVQ’s at SLC, both put in sterling performances and told us they both “enjoyed the competition even though it was tight to get everything completed in the time.”
Peter McParland, – Technical Applications Consultant at Johnstone’s Paints, who was one of the judges said, “This heat has been one of the closest so far, the standard was high across the board and shows the real talent there is coming through into the industry.”
Rhiann was happy to have won the heat and said, “It was a little bit stressful but I stayed calm and worked through the design. I’m really happy at having won and am looking forward to the final though I am a bit nervous as I know it is going to be an even more technical design. I’m glad my hard work over the last two years has paid off.”
Rhiann will now be heading off to the National Finals at the Painting & Decorating Show at the Ricoh Arena, 1st – 2nd December 2015.
Publication date: Friday 15th May 2015