Accrington and Rossendale College student wins prestigious award

College student wins prestigious award

On Tuesday 17th April, level two Painting and Decorating apprentice, Megan Talbot, took home second place for the Johnstone’s Paints Young Painter of the Year award.

Now in its 14th year, Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year is a prestigious painting and decorating competition which aims to celebrate young talent.

Judged by two Skills Competition Managers of Johnstone’s Paints, Megan’s tasks included:

  • Accurate setting out
  • Crisp cutting in skills
  • Working to a timescale

Her efforts saw her win a £100 cheque and hundreds of pounds worth of decorating equipment. Due to taking second place, Megan was also invited to compete in a further competition on Friday 27th April: Painting and Decorating Association Premier Trophy Awards – she accepted this invite and will travel to Stoke-on-Trent to compete in front of hundreds of industry professionals.

Megan works for Gladwin’s Decorators in Clitheroe (Oliver Gladwin) whilst completing her apprenticeship with Accrington and Rossendale College.

Charlotte Scheffmann, Assistant Principal at the college, said:

“It’s wonderful to see our students enjoying and excelling in their apprenticeships. We work very closely with businesses in and around the town to make sure our apprentices are offered the best possible chance at succeeding. We are very proud of Megan and wishing her the best of luck for the upcoming Painting and Decorating Association Premier Trophy Awards.”

Accrington and Rossendale College offer a wealth of apprenticeships including: Business Administration and Management, Business Improvement, Health and Social Care, Construction (various trades), Hospitality and Catering, IT and Digital Skills, and Motor Engineering.