Student Decorator of The Year - Final
Jordan Jeffers, a painting and decorating student from Southern Regional College Northern Ireland, has painted his way to victory in the grand final of Dulux Decorator Centre's prestigious Student Decorator of the Year competition 2015.
Jordan competed against 10 other students from across the UK to win the coveted title. The two-day national final, which took place on 1-2 July at Edinburgh College, tested the students’ attention to detail and brushwork, using skills honed from their painting and decorating courses.
Second place was awarded to Sophie Walters of North West Kent College & third place to Sarah Bromley Swindon College, they both received cash prizes along with products supplied by our sponsors.
The final saw 11 contestants go head to head with ten other talented painting and decorating students from all over the UK and Northern Ireland, all of who secured their places after winning their respective regional heat.
During the final they all demonstrated a wide range of skills including wallpapering, sign writing, cutting in, as well various special effects, which were then each judged by three leading industry experts and a Dulux Select Decorator.
As well as receiving the Student Decorator of the Year accolade, Jordan was awarded a £1,000 cash prize and a generous selection of products and tools from supplier sponsors at a gala dinner and presentation ceremony at the Dalmahoy Marriott Hotel in Edinburgh.
Beverley Whitehead, marketing manager at Dulux Decorator Centre, commented: "We have held this competition for eight years running and the level of enthusiasm and talent gets better and better each year. It was a pleasure to see the attention to detail and amazing brushwork of all the students on display at the final and throughout the UK heats.
"This year the standard of competition was very high, with so many strong contenders. Jordan's practical final piece impressed the judges, and the title of Student Decorator of the Year is well deserved. We wish Jordan the best of luck in his future career!
"The competition is a great opportunity for both full-time students and work-based apprentices to not only gain valuable contacts in the industry, but also receive the recognition they deserve for their hard work and technical ability."
This year's official sponsors were: Purdy, Mirka, Shield, Graham & Brown, Toupret, Artex, Peelaway Barretine, 3M.