Apprentice Lucy’s fine strokes

Painting and decorating apprentice Lucy Goldsmith has been shortlisted for a national industry award for Outstanding Personal Achievement.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Painting and decorating apprentice Lucy Goldsmith has been shortlisted for a national industry award for Outstanding Personal Achievement. Photo by Tim Wilson.

An apprentice painter and decorator could be giving her dad a dream Father’s Day present after being shortlisted for a national industry award.

Lucy Goldsmith (22) of Morton is one of four finalists in the Young Achiever of the Year category at the Celebration Construction Awards East Midlands in Nottingham on Friday.

Since becoming fully involved in her dad Ken’s painting and decorating business four years ago, Lucy has helped in tripling turnover and bringing in new clients across the region who are looking to have their homes and businesses refurbished and modernised.

Lucy said: “I’ve always been interested in manual labour and when I had to turn down an offer of a place at a ballet school, my dad said ‘come and work in France with me’.

“Dad saw talent in me but we moved out to France on a whim and ended up renovating people’s houses, building lofts and painting for both British and French customers for five years.

“I’m just starting out in my career but being shortlisted for Celebration Construction Young Achiever of the Year Award has given me the confidence to know that I can succeed as a professional within the industry.”

Lucy, who went to Bourne Abbey Primary School and Bourne Academy, reached the national final of The Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition after impressing judges with “her passion for the industry” and after becoming joint director of family-run K Goldsmith and Daughters Painters and Decorators.

“I didn’t win the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition, but all ten of us who were finalists were winners just for being at the final,” Lucy said.

“We had a one-to-one interview with four judges, then we did a group activity where we had to build an innovative device that Screwfix could sell.

“I’m very keen to pass my knowledge on and help others looking to get into painting and decorating and I recently gave a demonstration on different decorating techniques to groups of 10 and 11-year-olds,”

Emma Goldsmith (31), Lucy’s sister who manages the business’s office, said: “Lucy has worked wonders, not only on her apprenticeship but also in running the business alongside our dad.

“She’s really grown up and developed over the last year, taking extra courses in heritage wallpapering, dry lining, plastering and repairing traditional windows.

“There was a period last March when my dad had to take a break from the business and Lucy kept the business going, with the help of our nan.

“Now we are rapidly expanding and improving.”