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Wednesday 19th March 2014
After weeks of careful preparation and stiff competition from other apprentices, Jason Whyley from South Leicestershire College has been named the winner of the Lincolnshire heat of the 2014 Dulux Decorator Centres’ Apprentice of the Year.
Jason, aged 25 from Wigston, Leicestershire is now heading for the grand final, which takes place at Durham New College on 10th and 11th June and brings together nine other regional finalists, all aiming to win the prestigious 2014 title. Not daunted by the mounting pressure, Jason rose to the challenge and successfully completed a practical work piece which saw him use a range of skill sets, including: wallpapering, stencilling, waterborne glossing and various other special effects.
Speaking at the event Jason 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”.
College lecturer, Paul Thornewell added: “We’re really proud of Jason 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. I’m looking forward to the final”.
At the final, Jason will have to complete a further practical piece, which will see him push his abilities to the maximum in a bid to be named Apprentice of the Year 2014. The final will then be followed up by a presentation evening at Lumley Castle in Durham, where the winner and runners up will be announced and awarded a range of prizes, including £1000 for the overall winner.
Beverley Whitehead, Marketing Communications Manager at Dulux Decorator Centres – the UK’s leading painting and decorating specialist said: “The competition is now in its seventh year and once again we’ve been highly impressed by the standard and skills of the apprentices. Everyone who has competed in the regionals should be extremely proud and Jason in particular did an amazing job and is to be congratulated”.
For winning the heat, Jason collected £100 worth of Dulux Decorator Centres vouchers, received a certificate and a goody bag full of decorating materials donated by the company’s suppliers, including the official sponsors: Shield, Purdy, 3M, Barrettine, Shield and Zarges.