Case studies

Abalene East wins Dulux Apprentice of the year 2014

Abalene East , 21, Swanscombe

Where is she now?

Now working for a company called Axis as a supervisor

What did she study?

At NKC she studied painting and decorating

Why did she study at North Kent College?

Abalene said "Axis came to North Kent College looking for apprentices, I got asked to go to an interview and that's how I became an apprentice painter." 

What did winning Dulux Apprentice of the Year mean?

"Winning the Dulux Apprentice of the Year was a great feeling, I didn't expect it at all so it was a big shock, I had been involved in a few competitions over the years but this one was always the one I wanted to win."

What do you think of the North Kent College course?

"I think it's great to get into the painting and decorating course, I never expected to get as far as I did just being in the course, going to North Kent College has been a big help and a great start to my career.

The tutors were a great help and made the course very interesting, the time spent at North Kent College I really enjoyed."

Abalene won the award for Dulux Apprentice 2014. This is the second time a student from North Kent College has won this national award.

What is Dulux Apprentice of the Year?

The competition, which is open to all Painting and Decorating students across the UK, is a chance for individuals to to put their acquired skills to the test. With regional competitions held at ten different locations throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the winner of each round then went through to compete in the final at Durham. Competitors were tasked with a series of practical applications. These comprised of various elements of painting and decorating; including wallpapering, stencilling, waterborne glosses, and special effects.

What did Abalene’s tutor have to say?

Abalene’s tutor Phil Jubb said; “This is a great achievement for Abalene and proves how hard students at the College work to get to such a high standard within the industry. The award is a fantastic stepping stone for Abalene as she embarks on her career.”