Abalene East, a painting and decorating student from Kent, has painted her way to victory in the grand final of the 2014 DDC Apprentice of the Year competition after impressing the judges with her fantastic brushwork and attention to detail.
Dulux Decorator Centre have searched the length and breadth of the UK looking for young painters and decorators that are willing to put their hard-learned skills to the test. The DDC Apprentice of the Year competition encourages talent and best practice in the industry, the competition – a practical test of painting, wallpapering and some special effects – provides a challenging and rewarding experience for students and apprentice college learners alike.
As well as receiving the Apprentice of the Year accolade, Abalene was given a £1000 cash prize and a generous selection of products and tools, including a big selection box of Big Wipes products, from supplier sponsors at a black tie gala dinner and presentation ceremony at the prestigious Lumley Castle.
The apprentices all realised that becoming a professional painter and decorator can be a messy business. “Painters and decorators need a wipe that’s going to get rid of the mess first time, allowing them to just crack on with the job safe in the knowledge their hands are getting something back too,” stated Nigel Dibbo, Managing Director of Big Wipes, the leading industrial strength wipes specialists.
The preservative-free formula of Big Wipes contains four powerful cleaning agents and four dermatologically tested skin conditioners, making Big Wipes tough on dirt and at the same time helping to nourish and protect the skin.
“As busy painters and decorators, so cleaning them effectively while still being able to care for them is extremely important,” concluded Nigel.
Commenting on the competition, Beverley Whitehead, Marketing Manager at Dulux Decorator Centre, said: “Once again I’d like to send my thanks to all our suppliers for supporting us with another successful and possible our best yet DDC Apprentice of the Year competition. Seven years in and I’m still astounded by the over whelming support the competition receives and the amount of prizes donated to each entrant and placed winners. I know every last item is gratefully received from both the students and colleges alike.”