Crown Trade celebrates 40 years of Apprentice Decorator of the Year with anniversary yearbook

Crown Trade has launched a yearbook to celebrate its 40th year of sponsoring the annual Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition in 2019.

This year’s competition came to a close in November with Inverness-based apprentice Gatis Celmins taking the title at the WorldSkills UK LIVE event at Birmingham’s NEC. Apprentice Decorator of the Year celebrates the skills of apprentice decorators from across the UK, and has been sponsored by Crown Trade since 1979.

To celebrate the milestone year of sponsorship, Crown Trade has launched a 40th anniversary yearbook, which takes a look at the past, present and future of the competition and shows how it has evolved since the company began its sponsorship.

The 20-page yearbook features past winners and the chance to get to know the 2019 competitors, as well as drawing on the knowledge of industry experts who discuss the importance of supporting apprentices and why they remain such a key part of the industry. It can be viewed on the ‘Training & Skills’ section of Crown Trade’s website.

Crown Trade also utilised its social media channels to call for those who have previously been involved in the competition to send in any photos they still had – meaning the yearbook includes plenty of throwback shots of the competition throughout the past four decades.

Commenting on the 40th anniversary yearbook, Josie Cawdry, corporate communications executive at Crown Paints said: “We’re proud to have been sponsoring the Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition since 1979 and it’s been exciting to watch it grow and develop during that time, now receiving hundreds of entries each year from apprentices across the UK.

“It’s great to see so many talented apprentices – the future of the industry – every year and we’re pleased to have been able to celebrate 40 years of sponsoring the competition through creating a fantastic yearbook. We’re looking forward to seeing how the competition continues to progress over the coming years.”

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