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Apprentice of the year
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Bagnalls | 31 October

Bagnalls’ apprentices have been named winners of both sections of this year’s Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year Awards.

Lewis Boyle, from our Shipley branch, won the Junior section and Adam Knowles, who won the Junior section last year was named winner of the Senior Paperhanging section in 2018.

“Their commitment to their apprenticeships is recognised at events such as these,” commented Naomi Colecchia, Bagnalls’ Apprenticeship Manager, “we support their skill development during their training but without their own desire to achieve, we would not attain the high standards we do.”

Nine entrants competed for seven hours, at  The Hub in Doncaster.  The junior section had to wallpaper a three-sided booth, whilst the senior contestants had to hang a patterned paper in a mock living room setting.  Each individual was judged by experts in the industry against strict criteria, to determine who demonstrated the greatest accuracy, professionalism, work ethic and time keeping.  The finished look was also of extreme importance and the winners demonstrated good pattern matching.  The results were announced at The PDA National Networking Event and Gala Dinner, on Saturday 27th October, in Liverpool.

Adam’s manager, Mike Worrall, also attended the event and said “Adam has show a dedication to his apprenticeship which we hope is an example to many others.  Not only did he win the paper hanging competition in 2017, but he was also named Family Business United’s (FBU) Apprentice of the Year, earlier this year.  So his current achievement is just a crowning glory on all his success to date.  Well done Adam and well done Lewis, you are both great champions for Bagnalls.”

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