Johnstone’s Trade is celebrating the skill and knowledge of budding painting and decorating professionals as part of its 2019 Young Painter of the Year competition – giving seven trainees the chance to be crowned a winner.


Now in its 15th year, the competition aims to find and inspire the next generation of painters and decorators by celebrating the work of students across the UK. This year is set to be bigger than ever and, as part of the 2019 competition, entrants will also have the opportunity to apply for Johnstone’s Trade’s new ambassador programme – a scheme developed to inspire young people to choose a career in the industry, as well as champion current students and trainees.


A series of regional finals will be held in various locations throughout the UK. A winner will be selected at each final, and will be awarded £200 plus a prize bundle of quality tools from leading suppliers, including Toupret, Shurtape, Tesa and Ciret. Runners-up from each regional final will receive a cash prize of £100. One competitor from each regional final will also be chosen to join in the ambassador scheme.


To qualify, entrants need to be aged 17-27 and currently studying towards an NVQ Level 2 in Painting and Decorating or a Diploma in Construction Level 2, with students from Scotland required to be working towards an SVQ Level 3.


Paul Farrell, Marketing Manager at Johnstone’s Trade, explained: “We’ve hit a milestone year with the Young Painter of the Year competition and we’re more excited than ever to see the talent and expertise of young people in our industry. We know students are significantly contributing to the success of the companies they work with every day and we want to shine a light on this and truly celebrate their skill.


“We’re also introducing the new ambassador scheme to help drive more interest in painting and decorating careers. The students competing are a perfect example of how rewarding our industry can be, and we’re excited to work with the ambassadors to really encourage more young people to consider painting and decorating as a career choice.”


This year, entrants can compete in one of the following regional finals:


Event location Date of event
Glasgow Wednesday 3rd April
Newcastle Thursday 4th April
Bournemouth Tuesday 30th April
Folkestone Wednesday 1st May
Doncaster Tuesday 14th May
Liverpool Thursday 16th May
Leicester Thursday 23rd May


Entries close 10 days before each regional final. For more information, visit: