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Preston’s College student Nathan Vas wins regional heat in Dulux Decorator Centre’s Student Decorator of the Year competition

News - Wednesday, 27th May, 2015

Winner Nathan VasPainting and decorating student Nathan Vas will be representing Preston’s College at the final of this year’s Dulux Decorator Centre Student Decorator of the Year competition.

The final, which will take place at Edinburgh College on 1st – 2nd July, sees North West
regional heat winner Nathan compete against ten other finalists from different regional heats across the UK, in the race for the 2015 title.

Nathan successfully completed a practical work piece using skills honed from his painting and decorating course, including wallpapering, stencilling, waterborne glossing and special effects within a set time. The heat saw Nathan pit his skills against 13 other students at the host college, Blackpool and the Fylde.

At the final Nathan will have to complete another, more challenging practical assessment to compete for the chance to be named Student Decorator of the Year 2015. Following the final, there will be a presentation evening in Edinburgh, where the winner and runners up will be announced.

Student Nathan, who is employed by local firm HQ Decorators, comments: “I’m really happy to have won the regional heat. It was challenging to complete the practical piece within the set time but I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m looking forward to the final in Edinburgh – the standard will be even higher and it’s a good opportunity to meet other painting and decorating students from across the UK.”

Beverley Whitehead, marketing communications manager at Dulux Decorator Centre said: “Now in its eighth year, the competition has seen some of the brightest painting and decorating students test their skills against each other. It’s been great to see such enthusiasm from the students at the regional heats. Nathan’s enthusiasm and skillset is clear – we wish him luck for the final.

“This year’s competition is the biggest yet, and having seen the standard of the regional finalists such as Nathan, we have high hopes for the winner of Student Decorator of the Year!”

3M, Aristospray, Artex, Peelaway Barrettine, Graham & Brown, Mirka, Purdy, Shield and Toupret are all official sponsors of the 2015 competition, with Hamilton a gold sponsor. While regionally, Purdy, Saint-Gobain, Shield and Siroflex are providing sponsorship and product.

For winning the heat Nathan collected £100 worth of Dulux Decorator Centre vouchers, received a certificate and a goody bag full of decorating materials donated by the company’s suppliers. The final will see the ten regional heat winners and highest runner up competing for the coveted title 2015 Dulux Decorator Centre Student Decorator of the Year, where they will have the chance to win £1,000 cash and a variety of other prizes donated by suppliers, as well as a host of prizes for their college for all painting and decorating students to use.

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