DONCASTER College has received a specialist piece of kit which will help apprentices follow in the steps of a former award-winning student.
Chris Shaw is using the expertise he gained during his NVQ level three painting and decorating college course in his new business venture Oak Apple Decor.
The 23-year-old has recently won the national Dulux Decorator Centres’ Apprentice of the Year competition, receiving prizes not only got himself but the college.
Representatives from Dulux Decorator Centres have visited the college to meet Chris’ lecturer, Glyn Nettleton, to present the coveted Apprentice of the Year college trophy and an environmental wash system. The system provides an environmentally responsible way of washing out painting tools and recycling waste product, making it ideal for colleges where there is a high volume of decorating materials that require cleaning.
Mr Nettleton said: “The Apprentice of the Year competition has not only been a fantastic victory for Chris, but also for the college.
“Chris winning the title is hugely rewarding for all of the teaching staff who have invested a lot of time in helping the students reach their full potential over the years.
“It was lovely to receive such a great prize and the environmental wash system will really benefit the whole department and many more students for years to come.”
Angela Hall, of Dulux Decorator Centres, added the competition was about investing in the future of the decorating industry and helping apprentices learn the skills necessary to find employment.