Jump directly to main contentJump directly to menu

College Apprentice Scoops National Prize

Posted: 19th November 2019

A Doncaster College Apprentice scooped first prize in the Painting and Decorating Association competition on Saturday 9th November. Alex was nominated in the senior category for ‘The Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year Competition’.

The shortlisting for the competition started at Doncaster College in June 2019, Apprentices from different Colleges up and down the UK come along to take part in a seven-hour contest of painting and decorating. Alex was shortlisted and invited to attend the awards which took place in Leeds. Alex speaks of her win, “I really didn’t expect to win, especially after coming 2nd place last year in the Junior category, it was a real surprise for me”

Having left school at 16, Alex initially wanted to do hair and beauty before realising it wasn’t the career for her. When asked why painting and decorating Alex explains “My Mum is a painter and decorator, so I have always seen my Mum in her work and fancied trying it myself”

It was in 2017 that Alex started Doncaster College, at first starting on the Multi Skills course which is an introduction to a variety of construction trades, it was from this that Alex moved onto the Level 2 Painting and Decorating course.

As well as being nominated by the Painting and Decorating Association twice in two years, Alex was also one of the construction students who worked alongside Guy Martin on his programme ‘Building Britain’ which was screened on TV earlier this year. Alex worked alongside other female students in the construction trade to help renovate Café INDIEpendent in Scunthorpe.

Alex has now moved onto Level 3 Painting and Decorating and is an Apprentice for local company Hargreaves & Stocks, working 3 days for her employer and 2 days at Doncaster College. Alex speaks highly of the College staff that have really supported her “I wouldn’t be where I am now without the support and encouragement my tutors have shown me” Glen Galbraith; Painting and Decorating tutor and Mark Adams; Multi Skills tutor spotted potential in Alex and knew she would go far in the industry.

It is just the start for Alex who will be due to finish her apprenticeship next year she is looking forward to a full-time career in painting and working on real life projects. Alex speaks “Learning on the job has really helped me, it’s helped me grow my confidence”

Alex’s advice for others interested in the construction trades “Just do it, go out there and see what it’s like. Until you have tried it you just won’t know what you enjoy doing”