Last call for PDA competition entries this National Apprenticeship Week 

A competition offering apprentices the chance to pitch their skills against their peers, is accepting last entries during National Apprenticeship Week. 

The Painting and Decorating Association (PDA), hosts the annual Premier Trophy Awards Apprentice of the Year competition, which is open to all painting and decorating apprentices across the UK.

Three regional heats will see apprentices gather to take on a gruelling six-hour challenge which tests their precision, stamina and skill.

Entries for the PDA Apprentice of the Year competition will close on February 11, during National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from February 7 to 13.

The PDA also hosts the annual Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition, which sets apprentices the challenge of decorating a mini ‘room.’ Entries for the Paperhanger competition are open until April 22.

PDA Chief Executive, Neil Ogilvie, said: “Apprentices are crucial to the future of the painting and decorating sector – and we’re keen to welcome them to our competition events. 

“Our apprentice competitions give people entering the industry excellent opportunities to network with their peers, showcase their skills and gain recognition for themselves, their college and their employer. 

“We are delighted to support National Apprenticeship Week and all apprentices in the painting and decorating sector through our work with members, our education and training committee and our competitions programme. 

“Competition winners really value the prestige that comes with an award, as well as the opportunities that can follow, with some of our past winners going on to the WorldSkills UK Talent Programme in Shanghai, taking part in charity painting projects in Europe and becoming competition judges at international level.” 

To enter the PDA Apprentice competitions, 

The PDA Apprentice of the Year competition entry deadline is Friday, February 11 while entries for the Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year contest will be accepted until Friday, April 22. 

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