At the Master Painters 100th annual conference, Jacklyn Dempster, from John Dempster Painting, Night Caps, Invercargill, took out the ultimate prize in a very close competition. The judges said the final decision was only two brushstrokes apart.
History was made with two female finalists during the 100th year of Master Painters, celebration. All candidates presented a portfolio of their work and submitted a brief story about themselves, depicting why they should be considered for this prestigious award. The field of twenty applicants was narrowed down to three finalists. All three attended the 100 Year celebration at the Master Painters conference together with their partners and employers.
At the conference, joining Jacklyn as finalists were Michael Keepa, from Paintcraft Ltd, Ashburton and Sarah George, from Enterprise Painting and Decorating Ltd, Nelson. They competed throughout three days to decorate playhouses which were gifted to Women’s Refuge. Resene who co-sponsored with Master Painters had chosen the colour scheme and the competitors were taken to a Resene Colour Shop to choose the paint and any other materials they required which they were allowed to keep. It was a rather nerve wracking experience for the three competitors with the delegates of the conference wandering past casting their eyes over their work.
All competitors thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were most appreciative that their partners and employers were also sponsored to attend. They would like to thank Resene Paints, Master Painters, and BCITO Training Advisors, Bill Cubitt, Grant Johnson and Paul Lewis who provided training support throughout their apprenticeships.
Painting & Decorating Apprentice of the Year 2018
It is timely that employers encourage their apprentices to apply for the 2018 competition. To be eligible, applicants must attend a Stage 3 Block course or complete their qualification during 2017. Those who are planning to apply should by now be collecting high-quality images to be used in their portfolio. Entries close in October 2017.
Brad Gemmell qualified as a bricklayer at 21 years of age and hopped on a plane to London, ready to put his skills to the test. He returned to New Zealand a few years later and began his own business, Brad the Brickie Ltd in Wanaka.
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