Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) Premier Trophy Competition

North West heat – 24 March 2022

Apprentices from across the North West headed to the excellent Painting and Decorating workshop facilities at Accrington and Rossendale College to test their skills at an event organised by national trade body, the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA).

On hosting the North West heat, Simon Whitaker, Painting and Decorating Lecturer/Assessor at Accrington and Rossendale College said “We’re delighted to be kicking off the first heat of the PDA Apprentice of the Year Competition here today. With 16 Apprentices taking part, we’re excited to have four of our own students competing.”

Choosing to take part in either the junior or senior categories, the six-hour competition gave the opportunity for competitors to test their level of skills and knowledge. All those competing were tasked with replicating a given design, testing not only their accuracy and skill but their ability to perform under pressure.

Painting and Decorating competitors from Accrington and Rossendale College

Accrington and Rossendale College’s competing Apprentices included:

  • Faye Chester
  • Kelsey Whelwell
  • Josh Chadfield
  • John Jacobs

Judged by Neil Ogilvie, Chief Executive of the PDA and Ann Cook, member of the Association of Painting Craft Teachers (APCT), competitors were scored on their setting out, cutting in, opacity, stencil application, sponging effect and the overall visual appearance and cleanliness.

Neil Ogilvie said: “The quality of entries this year has been outstanding, these young people have really showcased their talent and professionalism and we’re all looking forward to judging their excellent work.”

Both judges agreed that the standard of work across the whole competition was extremely high. Finalists will be invited to the PDA Premier Trophy Awards Ceremony in London later this year, where the overall winner will be announced.

Huge thanks to Accrington and Rossendale College’s Painting and Decorating lecturers/assessors Simon Whitaker and Phil Burgess (also members of the Association of Painting and Craft Teachers). As well as Painting and Decorating Technician Megan Talbot, for overseeing the superb event.

Painting and Decorating competition

The Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) is Britain’s largest trade body, dedicated to the painting and decorating trade.

Further information about the Painting and Decorating courses at Accrington and Rossendale College can be found here.

Further information about the Painting and Decorating Apprenticeships at Accrington and Rossendale College can be found here.