Apprentice of the Year postponed

For many years BCITO has supported Master Painters and Resene by sponsoring the Painting and Decorating Apprentice of the Year competition.

The competition allows the industry to have a public platform to celebrate training excellence within the painting and decorating sector. It gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication shown by high achieving apprentices. Through the awards we are also able to show our appreciation for the employers and trainers for the critical role they play in supporting their apprentice’s growth and development.

Every apprentice who entered the competition this year had to submit a portfolio of their work along with a personal explanation of why they believed they should be considered for the title of Apprentice of the Year. These portfolios were then combined with site visits from an industry expert and a theory knowledge test to select which apprentice from each region would go on to the top four and compete for the title of 2021 Painting and Decorating Apprentice of the Year.

The four regional winners were selected and due to travel to the Master Painters Conference to compete for the national title. However, Covid-19 got in the way, forcing Master Painters to make the difficult decision to cancel the Conference.

Master Painters are currently considering alternative ways to run the Apprentice of the Year competition on its own later in the year.

In the meantime, BCITO want to congratulate the four regional winners, who are our National Apprentice of the Year Finalists:

Upper North Island Bostyn Parker - Paintco Ltd

Lower North Island Tuaine Ruatita - Gary Dyer Painters & Decorators Ltd

Upper South Island Anna Julian - Total Decorating Ltd

Lower South Island Dylan Bartlett - Jeff Alan Paint & Paper Ltd

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