George Nicolson are pleased to announce that one of their 3rd year apprentices, Chloe Taylor, has achieved a very commendable 3rd place in the 44th Annual National Painting and Decorating Advanced Competition held earlier this year.
Hosted at Inverness College UHI, the Scottish Association of Painting Craft Teachers (SAPCT) Competition is one of the sector’s most prestigious competitions. Formed in 1955, the SAPCT aim to advance education and training throughout our industry.
The Advanced Competition saw 10 apprentices compete individually and carry out a range of advanced craft techniques including signwriting, graining & marbling, stencilling and hanging specialist wall coverings within a 5 hour period.
George Nicolson are proud to also engage their 3rd year apprentices through Advanced Craft at the Granton Campus of Edinburgh College. Over a 10 week period, this course enhances the apprentices theoretical and practical skills covering units such as construction, drawing and communication. Course contents includes papering complex surfaces, specialist decorative applications, applying specialised wall coverings but to name a few.
“Young people are a vital part of our dynamic workforce as they are ambitious, motivated and eager to learn from our experienced tradespeople. The ongoing encouragement, development and nurturing of the young talent we employ will ensure they are kept engaged, work up to their true potential and learn important life skills.
Looking forward, we will continue to strongly focus on the importance of recruitment, development and retention of our young people and thus ensuring a continued increase of the skill level within our company and indeed the Painting and Decorating industry as a whole.
As well as congratulating Chloe on her well-deserved achievement, we would also like to thank all our apprentices for continuing to work hard and having a positive attitude at both college and on site. “