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Apprentice Wins Prestigious Painting Competition

Posted: 17th December 2015

Student Joel Mortlock has competed against seven of the country’s finest young painters to be crowned Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year 2015.

Joel beat reigning champion Ryan Chamberlain to the title, at the National Painting and Decorating Show at the Ricoh arena in Coventry taking home the trophy as well as a £3000 prize with an additional £500 worth of tools and equipment for the College.

Joel, who also works as an apprentice for Bagnalls, delivered an outstanding finish to all of the required tasks which featured a wall panel as well as a door and framework.

Judges viewed each contestant display their painting and cutting in skills, using brushes, rollers, and stencils.

Joel said, “It’s given me a big confidence boost and I know that when it comes to taking the first steps in my career after college, owning the Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year 2015 title is going to make a massive difference to my CV.”

Joel’s tutor Glynn Nettleton, said: “Joel is a fantastic ambassador for painting and decorating and a credit to us and his employer.”

Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year is a prestigious painting and decorating competition which has been celebrating young talent for 11 years running promoting best practice and encouraging young people to pursue a career in the decorating industry.

2015 has proved to be a very successful year for Joel as he also competed in the national final of the Painting and Decorating Associations Paperhanging competition final and achieving second place.