Walsall College student Lucy Porter has been named winner of the Midlands heat in Dulux Decorator Centre’s Apprentice of the Year competition.

The budding painter and decorator fought off stiff competition from 14 other apprentices in the heat, which was held at Bournville College on March 28.

Lucy (20) successfully completed a practical work piece, which included elements of wallpapering, stencilling, waterborne glosses and special effects all within a set time.

Lucy, who is currently completing her apprenticeship at Walsall College, said: “I am over the moon to have finished first.

“The competition was a real challenge for us all, but one that I enjoyed immensely. I’m sure the final will be just as demanding, I can’t wait!”

The finals are taking place at Accrington and Rossendale College in June.

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