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Inverness College UHI apprentices show off their decor skills

By Gregor White

Gatis Celmins and Jenny Taylor.
Gatis Celmins and Jenny Taylor.

PAINTING and decorating apprentices from Inverness have triumphed in a prestigious national competition that tested their skills to the limit.

Around 40 apprentices from across Scotland attended Inverness College UHI last week to take part in the Scottish Association of Painting Craft Teachers’ (SAPCT) craft and advanced craft events.

And it was Inverness College UHI modern apprentices Gatis Celmins – who works for The Bell Group – and Jenny Taylor of Artdec Inverness who took first place and second place respectively in the advanced section.

Competitors were challenged to carry out a range of craft techniques, including signwriting, graining and marbling, stencilling and hanging specialist wall coverings.

Mark Mitchell, painting and decorating lecturer at Inverness College UHI, said: “It has been an honour to host the annual SAPCT competitions this year and fantastic to see our advanced apprentices to take the top two spots.

“We had seven apprentices in total competing between the two competitions and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.”

Inverness College UHI is now a direct provider of construction modern apprenticeships, including painting and decorating.

Businesses interested in finding out more should contact the Business Solutions team at the college on 01463 273 666.

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