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Apprentice Strikes Again with Second National Title

Posted: 15th November 2017

One of our painting and decorating apprentice bags the win for the second year running in a national wallpaper hanging competition.

Mitchell Scott, 18, was named Senior Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year at the Painting and Decorating Association’s (PDA) gala dinner on Saturday. (November 11) His success comes just a year after he won the Junior Apprentice Paperhanger title.

The apprentice, who splits his time between working for M. Hancock Painter and Decorator and studying towards an NVQ Level 3 in Painting and Decorating at Doncaster College, received a trophy, certificate and a £200 cash prize at the event, which formed part of the PDA’s National Conference at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel. The award was presented after Mitchell took part in the PDA’s national competition, held at Doncaster College in October.

Mitchell, along with three other senior-level students, was tasked with wallpapering a mock living room to impress judges Alan Pearson and Dave Woods, past PDA North East Regional Presidents. The seven-hour challenge included a fire surround, internal angles and borders as well as inlay panel.

He said: “The competition is so realistic and reflects everyday working situations, including the relationships you build and the pressure you’re under. I was thrilled to find out I’d gained the title for the second year running, it’s a really good feeling.”

Mitchell was supported by proud parents, Simon and Jo Scott, and college lecturer, Glen Galbraith, at the gala dinner event.


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